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traditional tribal blankets

Traditional textiles were produced and worn on a daily basis until very recently in only in the most remote corners of the eastern Archipielago. Passage of life ceremonies are usually conducted in tandem with "adat" - a church wedding followed by a traditional ceremony at home.

 In this body of work, we see traditional vintage blankets and a handful of contemporary masterworks from the last generation of women who have led a relatively unaffected village lifestyle. These women still understand the motifs and are capable of producing formal “adat” textiles that conform to size and pattern protocols for their area, village and family as well as contemporary pieces that satisfy their personal ascetic.


biboki selfyetas
detail selfy

Mens' Blanket
Biboki - Insana
39 - 42" X 85"
Mid to late 20th C
680 grams

Beautifully executed mens' blanket with a signature ikatted into the side panels. The actual color values are brighter than the detail j pegs and more muted than the full j peg.


detail 2 selfy
29.5 x69

Men's Blanket - late 20th C
Taukbessi Village
Biboki Kingdom - West Timor
29.5" X 69"
640 grams
Two panel hand spun indigenous cotton with natural vegetable dyes


29 x69 det
biboki 41x77 645gr

Blanket - Bete Naik
Biboki District - West Timor
40.5 - 42 W X 77" L 645 grams
Late 20th C

Large two panel ikat blanket with pre dyed commercial trade thread for the stripes and natural dyes on trade thread for the ikat.

This two panel vintage ikat is in superb condition.


detail biboki 645gr
biboki 34.5 x 73 - 665 gr

Men's Blanket
Biboki - Insana District
34.5" X 73" - 665 grams
Late 20th C

A relatively lightweight blanket due to the very fine hands pun cotton. The ikat is clear throughout this 3 color ikat. The color saturation is deep and the artifact is in excellent condition.


detail 665 gr
biboki taukbesi handspun 41x72.5

Bete Naik - Men's Blanket
Taukbessi Village - Insana District
indigenous hand spun cotton - natural vegetable dyes
39" - 40.5" X 73"
1.055 Kg

A solid two panel blanket with hand outstanding color saturation. Tight, precise ikat mark this piece as the work of a mature, accomplished weaver.


biboki taukbessi detail
Men's Blanket Mau - Bete Naik
Biboki - Insana District
West Timor
37.5 " X 74"
late 20th C - 562 grams
cotton trade thread with aniline dyes

A solid two panel blanket with three color ikat stripes. The variation in color are due to a darker weft thread in that area. The overall appearance of the piece is honest - the ikat is very clear and tight.


bib tok det
biboki 695 grams 47.5 - 50 x 61

Bete Naik - Men's Blanket
mak'aif ma beabkataf
Biboki - Insana District
West Timor
47.5" - 50" X 61"
Mid 20th C
695 grams

A stunning vintage masterwork this beautifully executed three color ikat on "Benang Belanda", cotton trade thread of a type available during the Dutch colonial era. There is a very pale stain - see detail photo right.


biboki manu aslitn

Men's Blanket
Highland Atoni People
Hand spun indigenous cotton
Natural Dyes

This is a contemporary masterwork that reads like a map to the weaver's house. The composition has elements of South Biboki, the running chicken motif executed in the rich red color scheme found in North Biboki.

SMLL - evb


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