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A recently obtained selimut (Bahasa Indonesia) in Soe, South Central Timor. This men’s cloth woven by Katarina Tesamissa from the hamlet of Kualeu in South Amanatun, features a bright colored center panel of buna motifs flanked by three-row panels with same motif. Buna (Bahasa Dawan) is a discontinuous supplementary weft weaving technique used to decorate many Timor cloths. The multiple colors and geometric ornamentation give an effect that has been likened to that of textiles from Central America or, closer by,
the island of Bali. 133x220cm.
Photograph courtesy of Mariah Waworuntu.