TaisWoman's Ceremonial Sarong
Tais 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 Atalae is a pattern in the form of a praying mantis or stick bug but symbolizes the path of the ancestor. When we are clear and ask for guidance our path will always be clear. Other motifs that also represent the ancestor is the frog and human figure.
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Warp wrap patterning, floating wrap patterning, four panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Amanatun, Timor, 2021
150 x 58 cm / 59 x 23 in