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 i 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 primary ikat motif on this textiles is called pean babof means popped corn. Corn which is a common food in these hot, dry areas. Using this motif serves as a reminder of the importance of this food source.The bands above and below the ikat are made using supplementary warp patterning called sotis.
Warp ikat, supplementary warp patterning, three panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied by Emerensiana Seuk, dyed and woven by Maria Dolorosa Moi in Malaka, Timor, 2020.
130 x 62 cm / 51 x 24.5 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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