TaisWoman's Ceremonial Sarong
Tais luik moi 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 lan mese and refers to the interconnecting ancestors – a path that if you follow will be guided and protected by the ancestor. You can make out the hands and feet of the ancestor figure along with the neck and face with large ears.
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Warp wrap patterning, floating wrap patterning, three panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Amanatun, 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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