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 papusu refers to the hair ornament worn by men to keep their uncut hair up. It would be made from a slender but sharp stick of wood, metal or bamboo.
Warp ikat, single panel, braided fringe with beads, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Rosalia Bubu in Timor, 2018.
230 x 18 cm / 90.5 x 7 in
Textiles and Their Culture: Adonara Island | Bali Island | Flores Island | Java Island | Kalimantan Island | Lembata Island | Savu & Rai Jua Islands | Sulawesi Island | Sumba Island | Timor Island
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