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Textiles of Timor

Cloth that binds across borders

James Bennett

ATBM ikat textile (detail), featuring makaif motif, synthetic dyes on machine thread, 104 cm width weave, Dili, East Timor, collection the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

In East Timor the arrival of a new-born baby girl was once referred to as 'bringing a thread and bobbin'1 and articulated the pre-eminent role of women as makers of cloth in the island's societies. In Australia the cloth of Timorese weaver Veronica Pereira Maia commemorating those who died in Dili on 12 November…

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