In Timor, traditional textiles are important objects in rituals as varied as roof raising and rice planting ceremonies, and are among the principle gifts made by the bride’s family for marriage rites.
The Nek Mese weaver group who make cloths such as this collect cotton to spin into threads, dye them with natural dyes, then weave the threads into cloth using a backstrap loom.
The motif on this beautiful indigo ikat blanket was made using a time consuming supplementary warp-wrap technique called buna. Known as kok manu, the motif refers to a mythical snake with a thousand faces that has the ability to change into other animals. A cloth such as this one would take up to six months to complete.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Supplementary warp wrap patterning, three panels stitched together with twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Amanatun, Timor, 2021. Size 204 x 124 cm / 80.5 x 49 in
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