Mau NaekMan's Hip Cloth
The community of weavers, Nek Mese, lives in a remote village called in the region of Amanatun, West Timor. 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.
The weavers of Nek Mese dye their own threads with natural dyes. This man’s hip cloth called a Mau Naek, has a center panel containing ikat motif. The cooperative of weavers called Nek Mese dye their own threads collectively using natural dyes. The motif on this ikat textile 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 textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as throw on the bed or over a chair.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Supplementary warp wrap patterning, three panels stitched together with twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Ayotopas, Timor, 2019.
202 x 120 cm / 79.5 x 47 in