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Title

'Tais Hae Ma'buna' (woman's skirtcloth)

2003


Artist

Paulina Hati

Indonesia


About

Today the women of Biboki, West Timor, continue to weave, spin and dye cloth for daily and ritual wear. Skirtcloths, known as 'tais', are woven by women on traditional backstrap looms in intricate designs which reflect the status of the wearer. A textile like this one would be worn by women for important ceremonies such as marriages or the consecration of a traditional house. It was dyed and woven by Paulina Hati, a member of the non-profit Sangger Biboki Weavers’ Cooperative of West Timor which was begun in about 1989 and comprises hundreds of members in different villages (Pauline’s village is Sapaen). The textile, naturally dyed apart from the synthetically dyed commercial threads on the bottom section (called the 'buna') was commissioned by ‘Threads of Life’, a body supporting the revival of the most complicated expressions of the weaver’s art, as well as natural dye research.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006


Details


Place where the work was made

Biboki West Timor Indonesia


Cultural origin

Sapaen village


Date

2003


Media category

Textile


Materials used

handspun cotton yarn with synthetic and natural dyes; warp ikat with supplementary weft decoration


Dimensions

165.0 x 56.0 cm one side of tube; 165.0 x 112.0 cm overall tube


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

248.2003


Artist information

Paulina Hati

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

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