The textiles of Miomafo area in west Timor are known for their beautiful indigo work with intricate ikat. This ikat motif is Paos kenat is the name of an ornate leather belt usually worn by the Meo warriors of Timor.
This pattern is very old in Timor and is most likely derived from the Dong Song period when goods from south China (then Vietnam) were traded in Timor for sandalwood.
Threads of Life is working with a number of weavers in Oenenu to maintain the indigo work which has begun to be replaced by chemical dye work. The superb ikat work remains intact and is done by a broad range of women of different ages.
Warp ikat, three panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial coton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Agatha Ato in Timor, 2019.
125 x 62 cm / 49 x 24.5 in
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