In Timor, textiles are used for almost all rituals: they are among the principle gifts made by the bride's family during marriage rites, they enshroud the dead, and they function as important ritual objects in rites as varied as roof raising and rice planting ceremonies. Traditionally bright and colorful, Timorese textiles have long been with chemical dyes but working with Threads of Life over the past 20 years many weavers and dyers have recovered their knowledge of natural dyes.
The motif atalae is a pattern in the form of a praying mantis or stick bug but symbolises 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. This time consuming technique called buna requires a wrapping of warp threads to create the motif.
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Supplementary warp wrap patterning, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton and natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Bokong, Timor, 2023. Size 160 x 32 cm / 63 x 12.5 in
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