The motif on this unique and rare textile is called Atalae is a pattern in the form of a praying mantis. If you look at the eyes and front legs of a praying. mantis they are very human like. The Atalae symbolize the path of the ancestor. When we are clear and ask for guidance, our path will always be clear. Other motifs that also represent the ancestor is the frog and human figure.
Tais is a woman’s ceremonial sarong. This tais is woven using the several techniques; warp wrap patterning and the floating wrap patterning. The former being the most difficult and done without a drawing. The warp wrap technique sections can take up to 18 months to complete. The black is from a mud dye process that this village is known for.
This would be beautiful mounted on a wall or used at the bottom of a bed.
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Warp wrap patterning, floating wrap patterning, four panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Amanatun, Timor, 2021. Size 150 x 58 cm / 59 x 23 in