FafutuMan's Ceremonial Belt
This decorative warp ikat textile fafutu is worn by dancers as part of ceremonial dress for ritual performances by weavers who are masters of the red dye technique taking months to reach the depth of color represented in their work. The rich red dye is made from the bark of the roots of a Morinda citrifolia tree. The ends of this textile drape down towards the feet of the dancer and the beads and bells add to the color and sound of the dance.
The central motif on this textile is Kimno is said to be the first ancestor who made this motif. Kimno has the sound of a Chinese name which may relate to the old Kingdom of Wewiku-Wehali in central Timor which is also known as Sina Mutin Malaka or the white chinese from Malaka.
Warp ikat, single panel, braided fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Florensia Usaek in Timor, 2018.
218 x 24 cm / 86 x 9.5 in
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