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Tais duka (TE) Man's cloth wrap

'Tais duka' are customarily worn folded and draped over the shoulder. Its most important ceremonial use is when worn by a man communicating news of a death to a family. It is also worn at harvest ceremonies and the inaugurations of sacred houses. This example is a particularly fine cloth, featuring fine ikat work. It was bought by the Friends of Suai, and donated to the Alola Foundation in 2008.

Item Number FA0032
District CovaLima
People Tetun
Year of Making 2007/8
Maker Orlanda Boavida Martins
Materials Commercial cotton and synthetic dyes
Technique Single warp ikat; handwoven on a backstrap loom.
Length x Width 208 cm x 94.5 cm