Beti TnanaCentral Panel of Man's Hip Cloth
Beti Tnana is the centre panel of a man’s hip cloth. This centre panel is made with ikat patterning and the same motif will appear in the bands on the two side panels which are sewn onto the centrefield to complete the cloth. 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 using motifs such as makaif or hook representing interconnectedness, atoni human or ancestor, beso frog and noa no’o coconut leaf.
The ikat motif on this textile beso means frog which is considered an ancestral representation. When Timorese pray for rain, the frog appears which is considered the ancestor answering their prayers.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied and woven by Aquilina Sasi, dyed by Yohana Ato in Miomafo, Timor, 2018.
185 x 42 cm / 73 x 16.5 in