Mau NaekMan's Hip Cloth
In Timor, textiles are used for almost all rituals: they are among the principle gifts made by the bride’s family during marriage rites, they enshroud the dead, and they function as important ritual objects in rites as varied as roof raising and rice planting ceremonies. Traditionally bright and colorful, Timorese textiles have long been made with chemical dyes.
The community of weavers called Nek Mese are dye all of their own threads with natural dyes. This man’s hip cloth called a mau naek, has a center panel containing a ikat motif. A combination of mud and tannin’s are used to achieve the deep black dye. The elements of this textile incorporate the ikat motif kai mnutu means a small hook pattern and refers to interconnectedness between clans and family groups. Within the motif kai mnutu is an eagle pattern called teme.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, three panels sewn together with twined fringes, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven in Timor, 2016.
199 x 94 cm / 78.5 x 37 in