Indigo Handspun CottonTimor Mau Naek Throw
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 kok manu is a mythical snake with a thousand faces. It has an ability to change forms into other animals and it is believed that if you see this animal while you are out, you will die when you get home.
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 by Timor, 2021.
204 x 124 cm / 80.5 x 49 in