This woman’s sarong made with handspun threads and natural dyes is called a tais by the people of the region of Amanatun in West Timor. The villages around Ayotupas in the northern area of Amanatun are well known for their “buna” or warp wrap technique.
The Atoni were the original people living in West Timor and the language spoken by them is Dawan. A textile of this size will take about one year to complete.
The supplementary warp wrap pattern is called atoni refers to the ancestor and is seen as both male and female. The ancestor may be called upon to help with ceremonies such as building a traditional house, planting crops along with other cultural endeavors.
This textile is lovely on as a wall hanging.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Supplementary warp wrap patterning, two panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Dyed, woven made in Timor, 2021.
112 x 63 cm / 44 x 25 in