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 a black ikat motif. The cooperative of weavers called Nek Mese dye their own threads collectively using natural dyes. Manu is a chicken, which is considered an important animal as it is used for many ceremonies.
Supplementary warp wrap patterning, three panels stitched together with twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven by Yusmina Linome, in Ayotopas, Timor, 2019.
234 x 148 cm / 92 x 58.5 in
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