Kreot BelogeCeremonial cloth
The two-part woman’s tubular sarong decorated with shells is called Kreot Beloge. It is the most highly regarded two-part ritual woman’s tubular sarong used as bridewealth gift exchange at marriage.
It has a base color of red with bands of ikat patterning at the head and foot and is decorated with small shells sewn onto the cloth. The motif is called pekate. These textiles are tied and dyed by a grandmother and left to weave by the grand daughter. The grand daughter then must do the same for her linage thus ensuring the art is not lost.
Warp ikat, stitched on shells, two panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed by Maria Wuku Kabelen, woven by Magdalena Hedung Lein in Flores, c1989.
140 x 59 cm / 55 x 23 in