betel nut
bone - horn carving
fabric hangers
fossils and stone
large objects

scrimshaw on bone

tribal jewelry
traditional tribal artifact
tribal fetish shamanism
shipping - returns
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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.


mollo 701

Men's Blanket
Highland Atoni People
Nenas Village
Mollo Kingdom
40 - 42" X 66" - 701 grams
Late 20th C

A well worn three panel blanket with machine finishing on the seams. Please contact me for a full set of high resolution j pegs. The field is pre dyed vintage cotton trade thread which has bled out slightly in places. There is also a small betel stain.

Store thread and chemical dyes made deep inroads into the Mollo Kingdom, the weavers preferring the ease and bright colors. It is rare to find a full hands pun blanket with natural dyes in this district.

The motif has been woven into the textile, not embroidered on, a labor intensive technique called "Buna".



mollo to 701
mollo 662 gr
mollo lotus detail

Men's Blanket
Amfoang Kingdom - Central Timor
41" X 71`` 663 grams

A classic three panel hand spun blanket on an indigenous cotton field with a combination of natural and chemical dyes. The small icons woven into the edges of the center panel represent the weaver's status in the village hierarchy and the side panels contain kaif'ana motif that represents the weavers clan. The subtle color difference between the side panels is intentional and conforms to protocol for weaving from this area.



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