The community of Boti in Timor where this textile was made see themselves as true custodians of the land. After planting the vast landholdings that the they manage no one is allowed to pick or disturb the land as it is allowed to rest and grow as if in gestation. After almost 9 months a ceremony Paot Pah is performed to ask permission to begin to harvest. Only then can the people begin to take from the land what was planted the season before. Cotton is first harvested under the full moon and it is picked with song and then spun into thread that you see in this beautiful textile.
This textile is full of the lifeforce and energy of how the natural resources were cared for that create the colour and texture of this piece. The main motif ma’kaif refers to a hooked pattern symbolizing interconnectedness.
It would be an honour to have it on a bed or table – to wrap oneself with it and be grateful for all we receive from the earth.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, three panels stitched together, twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Amanuban, Timor, 2021. Size 190 x 94 cm / 75 x 37 in
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