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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

150 Timor, West Timor

Bete krao (blanket)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Manulea (Malaka Tengah), Atoin Meto people.
Period: 1970
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 3
Size: 64 x 168 cm (2' 1" x 5' 6")
Weight: 905 g (31.9 oz), 842 g/m2 (2.76 oz/ft2)
Design: Two main ikat bands with numerous fine bands of dot, dash and squiggle, and accents in a greenish light blue. The main motif is makaif, which represents relations to the ancestors. Very fine accent stripes in pre-dyed thread in a variety of colours.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL - CLOTH HAS SINCE BEEN CLEANED AND IS FREE OF SMUDGES] Excellent weaving, fine drawing, soft feeling due to the very fine yarn - probably hand spun as the region is known for its very fine wheel spun yarn. Very similar in style to beti from nearby Biboki, but those from Manulea show finer patterning. Manulea pieces are so fine that from a short distance their intricacy is no longer discernible while Biboki pieces are simpler and bolder. They appear to be rarer than their Biboki counterparts, perhaps (as Mac Darrell Serizawa suggests) because one needs to see them up close to appreciate the intricacy of the patterns and the fine quality of the ikat work. Twisted fringes.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Compare: 176 177 172 216 224
Literature: Nearly identical to examplefrom same period in Fowler Museum depicted in Hamilton and Barrkman, Textiles of Timor, Fig. 7.34. Very similar to beti in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plates 224 and detail on 226.
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