A mans’ hip cloth called a mau naek consists of three panels sewn together. The centre panel is called tnana in the local language. Timor has a wide range of textiles with various techniques including ikat, supplementary warp wrap called buna and supplementary warp patterning called sotis.
The ikat motif on this tnana textile called makai bia suna refers to a small hooked motif that is a reference to the interconnectedness of all life. The black dye comes from repeated applications using mud and plants that have a high tannin content.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Amanuban, Timor, 2021. 210 x 50 cm / 82.5 x 19.5 in
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