West Timor and Threads of Life

Our communities and weavers in beautiful West Timor, Indonesia
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A weaver in Matabesi Biboki, West Timor. The weaver ties one end of her loom to a wall, a tree, or stakes driven into the ground, loops a strap or a wooden yoke behind her back, and leans forward and back to control the tension of her loom. If the tension is uneven, the cloth will slant as she weaves. Backstrap looms are portable and easy to store, and are often made at home.

A weaver in Matabesi Biboki, West Timor

A Timor textile Tais Keut Bati Rarote dyed Morinda red

A Timor textile Tais Keut Bati Rarote dyed Morinda red

Children of Bokong in West Timor dressed for traditional dance in traditional textiles

Young dancers in traditional Timorese textiles.

Oe Ekam weavers Ibu Efrosina Sakan and Ibu Marcelina Babu

Oe Ekam weavers Ibu Efrosina Sakan and Ibu Marcelina Babu

Paint it blue: Oenenu from West Timor after dying a fabric using the Indigo plant. (Photo courtesy of Threads of Life)

Paint it blue: Oenenu from West Timor after dying a fabric using the Indigo plant. (Photo courtesy of Threads of Life)

Textiles unique to each individual, Baun, West Timor.

Textiles unique to each individual, Baun, West Timor.

Indigo dyed threads- Atoni or ancestor motif from Timor, Indonesia

Indigo dyed threads- Atoni or ancestor motif from Timor, Indonesia

Timor has more diversity of traditional textiles than other islands where Threads of Life works

Timor has more diversity of traditional textiles than other islands where Threads of Life works

Blandina Feot adding buna wrappings, Loo Neke, West Timor.

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Ibu Wihelmina Nesi weaving in Manunain.  Manunain is a village in the old kingdom of Insana. Insana has mostly left behind their old ikat and indigo work in favor of synthetic dyes and the warp wrap technique called buna. The Insana textiles traditionally were blue in color and had beautiful motifs such as manu (chicken). The Threads of Life team has looked for a long time to find any weaver still wanting to make the more traditional ikat textiles using natural dyes.

Ibu Wihelmina Nesi weaving in Manunain. Manunain is a village in the old kingdom of Insana. Insana has mostly left behind their old ikat and indigo work in favor of synthetic dyes and the warp wrap technique called buna. The Insana textiles traditionally were blue in color and had beautiful motifs such as manu (chicken). The Threads of Life team has looked for a long time to find any weaver still wanting to make the more traditional ikat textiles using natural dyes.

West Timor in Timor Island, Nusa Tenggara Timur

West Timor in Timor Island, Nusa Tenggara Timur

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