Mud Dyed GeckosTimor Mau Naek
Timor has a wide range of textiles with various techniques including ikat, supplementary warp wrap called buna and supplementary warp patterning called sotis. Textiles in Timor 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.
The motif on this textile using supplementary sotis technique is called teke or gecko and is a representation of the ancestor. It is said if you hear a gecko call out it is acknowledging that what is being spoken is correct or true according to the ancestor.
This stunning cloth is beautiful as a wall hanging or used as throw.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Floating warp patterning, three panels sewn together with twined fringes, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Amanatun, Timor, 2019.
204 x 92 cm / 80.5 x 36 in