Timorese man’s cloth


A Man’s cloth, flat rectangle mantle with fringes at both ends.  The textile is made of two panels seamed together side-by-side to give the proper width. Originally worn as a shoulder cloth in the more remote areas of Timor, this type of cloth was eventually repurposed to be worn as a lower garment, replacing the loincloth.

Traditionally woven by women on a body tension loom, this warp-faced plain weave utilizes cotton threads that were tie-dyed before they were woven. This technique is called ikat, and it has a long tradition in Indonesia where the word Ikat originated.

Circa: Early 20th century

Origin: Timor, Indonesia

Material: Cotton

Condition: Excellent condition

Dimensions: 47" X 89"

Inventory number: TX4787



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