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Timor Island Supplementary Weft Ikat Textile Panel

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Timor Island Supplementary Weft Ikat Textile Panel
This 19th century hand woven textile panel from the Indonesian island of Timor was worn as a shoulder cloth, or selendang. A colorful supplementary weft band that centers the panel combines the open loop and triangle pattern often seen in Timor weavings. Woven into the ikat sections on either side of the triangle-patterned supplementary weft are small intricate shapes that, at a glance, resemble hieroglyphics. The complex ikat and supplementary weft designs on this heavy cotton piece were produced on a simple backstrap body tension loom. (See similar patterns in textiles from Timor in the book, “Traditional Indonesian Textiles” by John Gillow, Thames and Hudson, Ltd, London, illustrations 146, 147, 172, 173.) This panel is finished at each end with a seven-inch fringe. Despite its age, this weaving is strong and in excellent condition with no stains or tears. Dimensions: length, including fringe 79” (201 cm), width 18” (46 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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