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Tais Marobos

Woman's Ceremonial Sarong

Tais marobos is a three-part tubular sarong worn by older women for traditional ceremonies. The centerfield has a series of colored stripes with small strips of simple ikat patterning in between. Only older women may make the more complicated and potent textiles such as are found on this textile.

The motif called Sanamea refers to the importance of the red colour that is so indicative of this region. In Tetun language sanamea translates as a ‘red jar’. The weavers of this community also speak of Sanamea as being an elder weaver that first taught the women motifs.

Warp ikat, three panels stitched together and made into a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes, Made in Malaka, Timor, 2019.
140 x 64 cm


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