The motif on this textile is called teke or gecko. The gecko along with the frog and crocodile are all representations of the ancestor. It is said if you hear a gecko call out it is acknowledging that what is being spoken is correct or true according to the ancestor. The white floating warp patterning against the black mud dyes on this textile create a classic combination that would be lovely as a wall hanging a table runners. Mau ana refers to the small single panel textile and is traditionally worn as a shoulder cloth worn by women for traditional ceremonies. Textiles in this region are made using techniques of ikat, floating warp patterning called sotis or creating patterns using the time consuming warp wrap patterning called buna.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Floating warp patterning, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Amanatun, Timor, 2021. Size 185 x 35 cm / 73 x 14 in
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