Man's lower body wrapper (selimut)

Indonesian (Timorese, Atoni)
early 20th century

Object Place: Amanuban (Niki Niki region), Timor, Indonesia


38 x 186 cm (14 15/16 x 73 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton; plain weave, warp yarn resist-dyed (ikat)

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue and white cotton plain weave rectangular cloth with design elements created by warp yarn-resist dye technique. The predominant motif (six repeats) is of three angular anthropomorphic figures of graduated size; geometric motifs, bird forms, smaller human figures fill out ground. Green, orange, red, purple, pink selvedge stripes.

This type of man’s wrapping is traditionally used only for cremation ceremonies by the Atoni people on the island of Timor.


Purchased from Walter R. Reissman by the MFA on April 14, 1982

Credit Line

Textile Fund