Bet futu teke (BU) Man's cloth wrap
This textile is from Makelab village in Oecusse. The main motif on the cloth is 'teke' - geckos. This cloth is worn as daily wear. Geckos and lizards are an important symbol in Oecusse, sharing the same symbolic importance as the ancestor crocodile (bei). Ancestors are believed to speak through gecko calls, and express the agreement of the ancestors. The textile consists of two panels, hand stitched together with an untwisted fringe. The main colour of the cloth comes from indigo based dyeing.
|Year of Making||unknown|
|Materials||Handspun cotton and natural dyes|
|Technique||Tabby weave with bands of resist-dyed single warp ikat;|
|Length x Width||205 cm x 118.5 c|