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Beti NaekMan's Ceremonial Hip Cloth
Beti Naek is a three part man’s hip cloth with a center panel made with all ikat patterning and the same motif appearing in the bands on the two side panels. This textile is worn for ceremonies and special occasions. The textiles of Miomafo area in west Timor are renowned for their indigo work with intricate ikat.
Motifs on these textiles include makaif hooks of interconnectedness, atoni ancestor figure, beso frog and noa no’o coconut fronds. The central motif paos kenat on this cloth is one of high status – an ornate belt usually worn by the Meo warriors of Timor.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven, by Rosina Sasi in Bikomi, Timor, 2019.
192 x 125 cm