Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea

Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea


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Timor has been a divided island at least since the seventeenth century when Dutch and Portuguese colonial empires competed for its control. Despite this fragmentation, the weaving of cloth has remained intimately linked to the cultural history of the Timorese peoples as a whole. Handwoven cotton garments serve as markers of identity and nurture social relationships when they are exchanged.

Women in Timor weave an impressive variety of cloth, routinely combining more weaving techniques than any other region of Southeast Asia. This technical prowess and diversity of design make weaving the most important form of artistic expression in Timor and allow groups as small as individual families to proclaim their unique heritage.

Independence for Timor-Leste (East Timor) in 2002 - following invasion by Indonesia and years of violent warfare (1975–1999) - brought with it more stable conditions and improved access for researchers. Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea brings together for the first time woven works from all parts of the island, demonstrating that the textile arts form a common foundation uniting Timor’s diverse peoples despite the painful history of the country's division.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984755080
Publisher: Fowler Museum at UCLA
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 11.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roy W. Hamilton is senior curator of Asian and Pacific collections at the Fowler Museum. Joanna Barrkman is an independent curator and doctoral candidate at the Australian National Museum. The other contributors are Ruth Barnes, Anthony B. Cunningham, Anne Finch, Jill Forshee, Jean Howe, William Ingram, Willy Daos Kadati, I Made Maduarta, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Rosália Elisa Madeira Soares, Yohannes Nahak Taromi, and Jose Ximenes.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Marla C. Berns

Acknowledgments / Roy W. Hamilton and Joanna Barrkman
Notes on Nomenclature / Roy W. Hamilton

1. Culture, History, and Weaving in Timor / Roy W. Hamilton

2. Textile Style Ares in Timor / Roy W. Hamilton and Joanna Barrkman with a contribution by Rosalia Elisa Madeira Soares

3. Plants as the Pivot: The Ethnobotany of Timorese Textiles / Anthony B. Cunningham, Willy Doas Kadati, Jose Ximenes, Jean Howe, I Made Maduarta, and William Ingram

4. Early Textiles from Timor / Ruth Barnes

5. Textiles of Oecusse: A Personal Account / Willy Daos Kadati with Anne Finch

6. "She Comes with a Spindle in Her Hand": Biboki Textiles / Joanna Barrkman

7. Malaka Regency: Cloth of the Plain, Cloth of the Hills / Roy W. Hamilton and Yahannes Nahak Taromi

8. Textiles of Suai Loro and Camenaca / Joanna Barrkman

9. Continuity and Change in the Kemak Textiles of Marobo / Joanna Barrkman

10. Alfred Buhler's Collection from Baguia at the Museum der Kulturen, Basel / Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff

11. Loss and Return: Personal Stories of Fataluku Weavers / Jill Forshee

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