Motifs in Timor textiles always represent relationships between humans, nature, and the divine. Called kai ne’e natam kosat, the motif on this textile is a six hooked motif with a diamond shape within. Kosat refers to an old family name in the community.
Achieving the deep color of this cloth requires mastery of the time consuming red dye — made using the bark of the root of the Morinda citrifolia tree — and mordanting techniques. Multiple dye applications are required, meaning the dying process alone can take up to three months to complete.
This stunning textile would be beautiful as a wall hanging or bed throw.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, floating wrap patterning, three panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Kupang, Timor, 2017. Size 132 x 83 cm / 52 x 32.5 in
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