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Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea

Timor has been a divided island at least since the seventeenth century when Dutch and Portuguese colonial empires competed for its control. Despite this fragmentation, the weaving of cloth has remained intimately linked to the cultural history of the Timorese peoples as a whole. Handwoven cotton garments serve as markers of identity and nurture social relationships when they are exchanged.

Women in Timor weave an impressive variety of cloth, routinely combining more weaving techniques than any other region of Southeast Asia. This technical prowess and diversity of design make weaving the most important form of artistic expression in Timor and allow groups as small as individual families to proclaim their unique heritage.

Independence for Timor-Leste (East Timor) in 2002 - following invasion by Indonesia and years of violent warfare (1975–1999) - brought with it more stable conditions and improved access for researchers. Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea brings together for the first time woven works from all parts of the island, demonstrating that the textile arts form a common foundation uniting Timor's diverse peoples despite the painful history of the country's division.

About the Authors

Roy W. Hamilton is senior curator of Asian and Pacific collections at the Fowler Museum. Joanna Barrkman is an independent curator and doctoral candidate at the Australian National Museum. The other contributors are Ruth Barnes, Anthony B. Cunningham, Anne Finch, Jill Forshee, Jean Howe, William Ingram, Willy Daos Kadati, I Made Maduarta, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Rosália Elisa Madeira Soares, Yohannes Nahak Taromi, and Jose Ximenes.


"Individuals seeking an introduction to the textiles of Timor as well as serious researchers in a variety of fields, in and out of textiles, will have plenty to explore in this well-researched and well-documented book."—Choice
Fowler Museum at UCLA

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