Tube Dress from Timor
This colorful four panel, all cotton tubedress is possibly from the Dirma region where it would have been worn as ceremonial dress for dances. Concentric diamonds and figures on chairs (kings?) in the ‘buna’ warp-wrapping technique, as on the bottom panel, are popular design motifs in this area. This piece also includes aircraft in the lines of decoration! Attractive bands of warp ikat in the two central panels in golden yellow and dark brown are accented nicely with red, light yellow and purple warp stripes. Condition is very good, tho a bit of discoloration is apparent along the seam, but not as dark as in the photo. This piece displays very nicely opened up, as shown, or folded in half in either direction.
Size: 60.5″ x 48″ if opened