Po’uk AtoniShoulder Cloth
This textile is called Po’uk Atoni from the area of Kupang in Timor. Textiles from these areas are similar in design, sharing many of the same motifs. The man’s hip cloth generally has a white centerfield which is characteristic of people who are ethnically Atoni. The Atoni are the predominant ethnic group of western Timor. A man’s formal dress would wrap first the Tai Muti hip cloth, then the Tai Tnana and finally the Po’uk Atoni on the outside.
The central ikat motif is called kai nee which refers to the six hooks on the central diamond shape motif.
This textile is lovely as a wall hanging or used as an accent on a bed or table.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Dina Nahak in Kupang, Timor. 2014.
248 x 40 cm / 97.5 x 15.5 in
Textiles and Their Culture: Adonara Island | Bali Island | Flores Island | Java Island | Kalimantan Island | Lembata Island | Savu & Rai Jua Islands | Sulawesi Island | Sumba Island | Timor Island
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