Timor has a wide range of textiles with various techniques including ikat, supplementary warp wrap called buna and supplementary warp patterning called sotis. There are also a few remote areas that are able to weave a kilem or split tapestry pattern.
This textile uses an ikat technique and is dyed black using mud as well as other plants. Threads of Life works with this group to maintain the weaving art and hopes to begin to recover some of the natural dye techniques as well over time. The motif teke or gecko on this cloth along with the frog and crocodile are all representations of the ancestor.
This textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as throw on the bed or over a couch.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Ikat tied by Feni Tana, dyed by Dorkas Talan in Amanatun, Timor. 2020.
202 x 52 cm / 79.5 x 20.5 in