The Importance of WaterTimor Blanket Mau Naek
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.
This stunning man’s hip cloth called a mau naek, has a center panel containing a black mud dyed ikat motif called oe mata which refers to a spring which is considered to be the the source of nourishment and is also affiliated with mother’s milk.
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Warp ikat, three panels stitched together with twined border and fringe, Natural dyes. Ikat tied, Dyed and woven in Amanaban, Timor, 2013.
203 x 104 cm / 80 x 41 in