Beti Keut BatiMan's Ceremonial Hip Cloth
Beti keut bati is a highly prestigious, three-part man’s hip cloth used for special occasions and traditional ceremonies. The centerfield contains a solid field of the cloths primary ikat patterning.
Only older, initiated women may make the more complicated and potent keut bati textiles She must ask permission before tying the motif of the cloth and again later must return to the traditional house to give thanks for finishing the cloth without mishap.
The primary motif on this textile is called lenuk or turtle and symbolizes fertility. A turtle lives in water which is so essential to these dry lands and it bears many eggs. Weavers believe that in making this motif, she is requesting the ancestor to make the land fertile.
Warp ikat, three panels stitched together with open fringe, commercial cotton thread, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Magdalena Lotu in Malaka, Timor, 2009.
211 x 128 cm