East Timor or west Timor, Indonesia
Mangle for seeding cotton
early 20th century
56.2 (h) x 45.4 (w) x 10.2 (d) cm
Gift of Robyn, John and Simeran Maxwell through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
On Timor, textiles are traditionally woven using locally grown cotton, handspun on drop spindles. Wooden mangles remove the seeds from bolls of sun-dried raw cotton. This decorative instrument is adorned with squatting figures, possibly ancestral weavers who passed their craft down through generations. It is also embellished with the intricate hooked lozenge motifs prominent on Timorese textiles and sculpture. The ornamentation suggests that the mangle was once used by a great weaver from a ruling family.