Threads Of Life

Kreot Beloge

Woman's Ceremonial Skirt

IDR 11,428,571

Item Code: T01.FL.DP.002

The tradition in this weaving village is for weavers to dye and tie threads for the following generations to weave. A mother weaver will make ikat yarns for her daughter while the girl is still very young. The threads are saved in a large basket above the hearth in the home where the colour will deepen with age. When the daughter is married she has well-mataured threads to weave for ceremonial purposes. When she has children, she too will dye threads for her daughter thereby assuring the future of the weaving tradition.

The shells create a motif called kimia tai which is the name for the decorative nassa shells sewn onto this important ceremonial textile.

Warp ikat and stitched on shells, two panels stitched together and sewn into a tube, handspun cotton, natural dyes.
Made in East Flores, c.1970.
161 x 60 cm / 63 x 24 in

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