Mau Naek

Man’s Hip Cloth

Mau naek is a man’s hip cloth which traditionally has ikat motif in the centrefield. 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 also a few remote areas that are able to weave a kelim pattern locally called naisa. The art of ikat has been on the decline as younger weavers prefer the sotis supplementary work. Threads of Life has been working in communities where the ikat skills still survive and encouraging the elder women to make ikat textiles and to pass this skill down to their daughters. We now often see mothers and daughters working together on a single piece and sharing the income – with the mother doing the ikat and dyeing and the daughter weaving the cloth.

The beautiful winged eagles, teme appear to be taking flight in the centrefield of this cloth. It requires a master weaver to tie this pattern which she does entirely from memory without a pre-drawn design. The energy of this cloth is palpable.

Warp ikat, three panels sewn together, twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Tied, dyed and woven by Tae Matani weavers group in Amanuban, Timor, 2019.
182 x 100 cm


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