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Beti nanaf (BU) Shoulder cloth

This textile is from the Nitibe, Bobometo, Bobkase, Saben areas of Oecusse. It was presumably intended as the centre panel of a man's bet bose cloth. This white centre panel textile with diamond shape motifs occurs also in Bikomi, especially Nimasi village in West Timor. The work includes the pa'uf motif, which represents a fish tail.

Item Number TA0061
District Oecusse
People Atoni Meto
Year of Making unknown
Maker unknown
Materials Handspun cotton with some natural dyes combined with synthetic dyes.
Technique Pa'uf: discontinuous supplementary weft wrap weave; handwoven on a backstrap loom
Length x Width 203 cm x 27 cm