Tais MarukaWoman's Ceremonial Sarong
Tais maruka is a three-part woman’s tubular skirt worn by young women for traditional ceremonies. The primary characteristic of the maruka textile is that it has a centerfield containing alternating colored stripes – usually red and blue-black.
The maruka textile would be the first woman’s sarong that a young woman would be allowed to make.
The motif on this textile is called umek po’at which means to a python. Snakes are very significant in local belief systems throughout the archipelago as they are able to transform by regenerating new skin.
Warp ikat, supplementary warp patterning, three panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Maria Roman in Timor, 2018.
130 x 69 cm / 51 x 27 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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