Beti KraoMan's Hip Cloth
Beti Krao is a two-panel man’s hip cloth worn as everyday dress and for some ceremonies. The center part where the two sections are sewn together contain bands of small full ikat patterning with smaller strips of color and partial ikat patterning on either side of these bands. The number of full ikat patterning bands is 4, 6 or 8 depend on the status and age of the man wearing the textile, the more bands the higher the age and status.
The primary motif on this textiles 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.
This red used on this textile is from the bark of the root of Morinda citrifolia. To achieve a deep red such as this textile requires at least 30 applications on well oiled threads. This can take up to six months to achieve. This piece is stunning as a wall hanging or as a bed throw.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Emerensiana Seuk in Malaka, Timor, 2020.
226 x 101 cm / 89 x 40 in