Beit AnaShoulder Cloth
Beit ana is a shoulder scarf worn by women as part of ceremonial dress. Bands of ikat patterning or alternating stripes of color may be woven into the textile The Bobotin weavers are masters of the red dye technique taking months to reach the depth of color represented in their work.
The motif found in the center panel of this cloth is called Ika nuifa, which refers to a fish skeleton. Fish and underwater animals are taboo for some clans and they are not allowed to eat such animals. The red dye technique using Morinda citrifolia is the most time consuming dye to make and can take up to 5 months to reach this beautiful rich red colour.
Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, and woven by Dolorosa Moi in Timor, 2018.
156 x 17 cm / 61.5 x 6.5 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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