This striking combination comes from the Mollo Utara area of West Timor. The central panel is bordered by small geometric embroider designs that represent the village heirachy and the side panels contain kaif'ana motif that represents the weavers clan.
This is a rare and wonderful example as not many textiles of full handspun cotton and natural morinda dye come out of the area anymore. Traditional construction also dictates that one side panel differs from the other in the color of the stripes.
99cm wide x 188cm long.
39" wide x 74" long.
US/Canada/Middle East=$25.00 to 750g/1lb7oz.
France/UK/Spain/Rest of World=$29.75 to 750g/1lb7oz.
Asia/Pacific=$21.75 to 750g
Australia=$11- to $16- to 2kg.
You are welcome to combine shipping.
Insurance or registered additional. Sea freight available to 1 & 2.
Timorese Textiles are a tradition in their own right. No two weavings are the same as the weaver is not allowed to weave the same "story" twice. Motifs and construction vary from area to area often changing every 2-3km. Woven on a simple backstrap loom using one of 3 techniques. IKAT meaning to tie and denotes the pieces where the warp thread is tied off to produce the motif or pattern and dyed. LOTIS is supplementary weft weaving, or float weave, where the weft threads are "pulled" through to create a "negative" image on the reverse side. BUNA is where embroidery thread is wrapped into the weft to decorate the weaving. Commercial thread is generally smoother and thinner than handspun cotton. An amazing reference book has been compiled by Ruth Yeager and Mark Jacobson : Textiles of West Timor ISBN;974-4800-01-1 A worthy and worthwhile treatise. Close up images available upon request.