AUD $140.00

Timorese Slit Woven Bag.


From West Timor this small shoulder bag, used for either tobacco or betel nut, is very finely woven with a light looped fringe of tiny glass beads.

I'm told it's Atoni from near Kupang in West Timor, in Eastern Indonesia. This island amongst many is famous for its weaving traditions often combining Ikat with coloured stripes..

The fine quality of the weaving is like a miniature "kilim" with what appear to be the same techniques used. You can see the vertical slits across the centre where vertical colour bars are woven by wrapping the weft around the warp (weft wrapping) giving a very definite division (where the weaver hasn't interlocked the colours to retain visual clarity.) These are recognisably similar to Turkish Kilims.

The colours are gently faded, so I've folded it back for you to compare them with the more original inside, in the last photo. (it appears the pink has faded most.) The shoulder strap has faded irregularly, being quite richly purple in one section, my guess is that it has been tucked inside when laying on display in the sun, querying this, she said she had had it for some three years.

The loops of tiny Trade beads may be original, or possibly a later additon, although I think the are in situ. These beads may have European or Chinese origins and could easily too have been recycled from earlier pieces.

Traditionally, its owner would have had no pockets so a bag like this was multi purpose holding personal items including "betel" paraphernalia and beaded limepots. (of which we may still have some examples, see TL100, TL101, TL102 & SB101)

Age: Mid/Late 20th Century.

Size: H 180 mm (bag only) H 680 mm (including strap) x W 170 mm

Weight:79 grams