A textile is called a mau maneka in the local language and would be the centre panel in a larger cloth worn by a man. Timor has a wide range of textiles with various techniques including ikat, supplementary warp wrap called buna and supplementary warp patterning called sotis.
This textile required combining ikat patterning with warp wrap buna technique. The black dye is a heirloom recipe using tannins and mud.The motif on this textile is called ma’kai bia suna ana refers to a small hooked motif that represents interconnectedness.
Warp ikat & supplementary warp wrap, single panel with twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Oktaviana Babis in Amanuban, Timor, 2019.
202 x 46 cm / 79.5 x 18 in