Mau Ana

Woman’s Shoulder Cloth

The weavers of Amanuban have a wide range of textiles with various techniques including: ikat, supplementary warp wrap called buna, and supplementary warp patterning called sotis. There are a few remote areas that still weave kilim patterns locally called naisa.

The motif on this beautifully red dyed, handspun cloth using sotis patterning is called pika bu’uf or the base of a plate. Chinese ceramic plates were part of the barter goods in the spice trade and sandalwood trade. It is possibly a reference to this, or perhaps it is an important structure that allows for a bowl or cup to stay steady in the same way you would want a social group to have balance or steadiness.

Supplementary warp patterning, handspun cotton, twisted fringe, natural dyes.
Made by the Tae Matani weaver group in Amanuban, 2018.
142 x 20 cm


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