TaisWoman's Ceremonial Sarong
Tais lan mese is a woman’s ceremonial sarong. This tais is woven using the several techniques; warp wrap patterning and the floating wrap patterning. The former being the most difficult and done without a drawing. The warp wrap technique sections can take up to 9 months to complete. The black is from a mud dye process that this village is known for.
The motif is called ika which means fish. Every clan in Timor has a kanaf or totem from the plant or animal kingdoms along with rocks and water sources. The motif signifies that the clan is not allowed to eat that animal but may use this motif in their textiles.
Warp wrap patterning, floating wrap patterning, four panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven Rebeka Mellu in Amanuban, Timor, 2019.
147 x 58 cm / 58 x 23 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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