Woman's tubular garment (tais feto)
- Tetun people
- late 19th century
This ceremonial skirt (tais feto) sumptuously combines panels of plain weave, tight ikat patterns, and elaborate side panels populated by anthropomorphic creatures. Numerous figures with geometric bodies formed by squares and double triangles seem to float on a deeply dyed ground of organic color. These figures were created with imported silk floss using supplementary weft wrapping techniques.
This skirt is from the village of Nurobo in the kingdom of Mandeu, West Timor. It would have been worn by the wife of a local raja or king, or by an important female member of the king’s family during important ceremonies and rituals, and passed on as a treasured heirloom.
Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, June 2013.