Rare White field Selimut blanket textile from Ayotupas Timor.
The striking variation in the color of the left and right sets of bands makes this a remarkable piece.
Figures of Lizards have been skillfully woven in with multiple colors. The lizards depicted re the ones common in the Indonesian islands that have a flap between the head and the neck.
A further study of the numerous individual lizards reveals a variation in tails. The last few photos focus on these variations that are worth noting. [Of course it is entirely possible that these are artistic liberties and do not actually reflect variations in lizards :) ]
Superb textile overall.
Estimated to be from the mid 1900s
Someone back then had all the time in the world to devote themselves to the depiction of a spectrum of lizard tails ... so it is befitting that we spend a few moments noticing that labor and acknowledging it!
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.