Paulina Hati

(Indonesia  – )

'Tais Hae Ma'buna' (woman's skirtcloth)

Not on display
Further information

Today the women of Biboki, West Timor, continue to weave, spin and dye cloth for daily and ritual wear. Skirtcloths, known as 'tais', are woven by women on traditional backstrap looms in intricate designs which reflect the status of the wearer. A textile like this one would be worn by women for important ceremonies such as marriages or the consecration of a traditional house. It was dyed and woven by Paulina Hati, a member of the non-profit Sangger Biboki Weavers’ Cooperative of West Timor which was begun in about 1989 and comprises hundreds of members in different villages (Pauline’s village is Sapaen). The textile, naturally dyed apart from the synthetically dyed commercial threads on the bottom section (called the 'buna') was commissioned by ‘Threads of Life’, a body supporting the revival of the most complicated expressions of the weaver’s art, as well as natural dye research.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006

Place of origin
Biboki, West Timor, East Nusa Tenggara, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Sapaen village
handspun cotton yarn with synthetic and natural dyes; warp ikat with supplementary weft decoration
165.0 x 56.0 cm one side of tube; 165.0 x 112.0 cm overall tube
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
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