Popcorn Essential FoodTimor Tais Maruka
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.
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Warp ikat, supplementary warp patterning, three panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Malaka, Timor, 2020.
130 x 62 cm / 51 x 24.5 in