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traditional blankets of Timor & Eastern Indonesia

Traditional textiles were produced and worn on a daily basis until very recently in only in the most remote Dawan speaking areas of Timor. 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.

insana 42.5 x 74 726 gr

Men's Blanket
Kuipasan Village
Insana district
late 20th C
West Timor
42.5" X 74"
726 grams

Traditional blanket in two panels with pre dyed cotton trade thread and natural indigo dye on the ikatted portion of the textile.


detail insana 726

Men's Blanket
Insana District - West Timor
Motif "Bessi & Kaif"
37.5" X 76" - 777 grams
Late 20th C

Two panel blanket with hands pun indigenous cotton and natural dyes on the ikat portions and pre dyed cotton trade thread for the stripes. . The rhomboid shaped "kaif", symbol of kinship and power is the body of the "Bessi" - crocodile, iconography associated with the ancestors


subun - maubessi

Men's Mantle - Mau - Bete Naik
Subun Village - Maubessi - Insana
43.5" X 69" - 708 grams

A well worn honest tribal textile with hand spun cotton center panel. The side panels are cotton trade treads mixed with hand spun cotton (pink threads).

The side panels have a slightly different color scheme. This is quite normal as the piece was made to be worn with the stripes horizontal. The variation from left to right is a lighting issue. The color is even from left to right.

The color saturation on the indigo center panel is slightly uneven. This is very subtle and evident only upon very close inspection.


subun detail


kupukan asli full
ikat detail

Men's Blanket
Ku' pukan - Insana
Hand spun indigenous cotton with natural vegetable dyes
47" X 80"
1177 grams

Large two panel "full asli" hand spun cotton ikat blanket with beautifully executed, tight, detailed ikat. A village classic - mid to late 20th C


seam detail
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