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Mau Naek

Man’s Hip Cloth

Mau naek is a man’s hip cloth which traditionally has ikat motif in the centrefield. Textiles in Timor used for almost all rituals: they are among the principle gifts made by the bride’s family during marriage rites, they enshroud the dead, and they function as important ritual objects in rites as varied as roof raising and rice planting ceremonies

The motif bei refers to a crocodile which is a representation of the ancestor along with the gecko and frog. The island of Timor is seen as a crocodile with its tail in Kupang and its’ head in Los Palos, Timor Leste.

Warp ikat, two panels sewn together, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Tied, dyed and woven in Oe Ekam, Timor, 2019.
216 x 96 cm


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