Beit ana is a shoulder scarf worn by women as part of ceremonial dress. Bands of ikat patterning or alternating stripes of colour may be woven into the textile.
The weavers of Malaka are masters of the Morinda red dye technique taking months to reach the depth of colour represented in their work. The asu kreat motif refers to a placenta which is believed to be the twin of the physical newborn baby. The placenta is treated with great respect. A textile such as this would be a protective cloth worn by the mother or father during the pregnancy.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes, Ikat Tied dyed and woven by the weavers group in Malaka, Timor, 2004.
177 x 28 cm
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