LimutWoman’s Shoulder Cloth
The Helong ethnic group of Kupang in West Timor were the original inhabitants of this area until the settlement of outsiders from Roti and Savu during the Dutch period – when they became the minority and many resettled on the island off Kupang of Semau. (Willi Daos Kadati) In 2008 Thersia Alle Ngaing was in her 60s and one of the last Helong weavers when Threads of Life met her. Today seven younger women work with Theresia, making their own natural dyes and recovering the clan’s motifs. This shoulder scarf called limut would be worn by women as part of traditional dress.
The central motif on this textile is called nian klehen or coconut leaf. The coconut tree is very important to the people of Helong as it is used not only for food but as building material.
Warp ikat, single panel with twined fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Maria Akmone in Kupang, Timor. 2016.
180 x 20 cm / 71 x 8 in