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 the PaotPah ceremony is performed to ask permission of guardians of the land 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 motif beb nise or centipede and speaks to how a centipede is used as a metaphor about etiquette and how we do not cut off people in mid conversation or walk through a group of people speaking together. Our thoughtfulness will lead to more harmonious interactions if we respect each other and pay attention.
How incredible to have it on a bed or table – to wrap yourself with it and be grateful for all we receive from the earth.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Floating warp patterning, three panels sewn together, twisted fringes, commercial cotton and natural dyes. Dyed, and woven in Amanuban, Timor, 2021. Size 210 x 100 cm / 82.5 x 39.5 in
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