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Boti "Mau" Weavings
boti babhise

Ceremonial Men's Blanket - Mau
Highland Atoni People
Boti Village - West Timor
41.5" X 74" - 942 grams
Motif Lotus Babhise (Kaki seribu)
hand spun indigenous cotton - natural vegetable dyes

Contemporary masterwork from the hand of Ibu Luu Sae. The motif is "licensed" to women of the Royal House of Boti.

The traditional animist village of Boti is the only authentic practicing group of Animists in NTT. The village is divided into two parts, the upper Animists and the lower populated by Christians. No mixed marriages are accepted into the upper village which consists of fewer than 500 souls.

The hand spun cotton is fine, the color saturation is deep.



boti detail
boti 731 full

Mau - Men's blanket
Boti Village
Amanuban District - West Timor
hand spun indigeinous cotton
Natural vegetable dyes
31.5 - 34.5" X 67"
732 grams


boti 731 det
boti 3r

Boti Village
Amanuban District
South Central Timor
33" X 64" - 730 grams
late 20th C

Solid village three panel blanket with indigenous hand spun cotton and natural vegetable dyes.



boti 3r detail
buaya full boti

Boti Village
Amanuban District
South Central Timor
Mid 20th C
42" X 70" -995 grams
Executed using a float weave "sotis" technique this classic tribal blanket has a motif that is equally crisp on both sides. "Lotis" makes for a textile with motif that is negative on one side and positive on the other. Normally it is evident which is the "right" or "wrong" side but a talented weaver can execute it so well that both sides are equally crisp. Outstanding color saturation on very finely and tightly spun indigenous cotton are additional technical merits of this piece. The close up photo is of the blanket's only flaw. Uneven tension on the loom has resulted in panels of slightly different widths and length which have been compensated for when sewing the panels together. From the standpoint of a weaver, this would be a flaw. From the perspective of a collector it is the "mistake in a Persian rug" - a mark of authentication.


detail buaya
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