Beit AnaWoman’s Shoulder Cloth
Beit Ana is a narrow shoulder cloth worn by women for ceremonies or special occasions. The textiles of Miomafo area of Timor, where this textile is from, are renowned for their deep indigo work and intricate motifs.
For the people of Timor certain animals, plants, rocks and water springs are sacred and become a clans totem. The motif on this cloth is called Ika or fish and a person of a clan who weaves this motif may not eat certain fish as they are perceived as the totem of the clan.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Made by Agatha Ato in Miomafo, Timor. 2019.
154 x 15 cm / 60.5 x 6 in
Textiles and Their Culture: Adonara Island | Bali Island | Flores Island | Java Island | Kalimantan Island | Lembata Island | Savu & Rai Jua Islands | Sulawesi Island | Sumba Island | Timor Island
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