Handwoven in the town of Nikki Nikki in central West Timor, TTS on a simple backstap loom using indigo dye on commercial cotton. A very clear ikat of a bold big handed monkey KODE motif, note the two pronged tail and the 'large ears'. Monkey spirits are said to be playful and lighten the heart of the perciever.
This heartfelt bete naik or selimut or mens blanket is smooth to the touch and wraps around the shoulders and body like a glove. Or would sit equally well beneath plastic on a table as a cloth or hung from an ikat hangar.
It gets pretty cool in the central highlands of West Timor and the men usually have 2 blankets. One is tied around the waist along with a sash that secures the other blanket that is worn skirt or sarong fashion during the day and pulled around the shoulders as the chill of the night sets in.
108cm wide x 178cm long.
42.5" wide x 70" long.
France/UK/Spain/Rest of World=$29.75 to 750g/1lb7oz.
Asia/Pacific=$21.75 to 750g
Australia=$11- to $16- to 2kg.
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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 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 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 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.