Kaun tup hitu refers to a sleeping snake coiled seven times. In the past this motif was only worn by the amaf or king as it implied his expected position to be stationary - only sleeping and eating until a problem arose whereby his wisdom or counsel is required.
Other more active roles were performed by other clans within the community such as the meo warriors, tobe land custodians or mafefa, the spokesperson for the amaf. The deep red colour was achieved through multiple applications in a dye bath using the bark of the root of Morinda citrifolia after having been mordanted so that the red dye adheres to the threads.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, supplementary warp patterning, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, and woven in Kupang, Timor, 2012. Size 242 x 43 cm / 95.5 x 17 in
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