Kreot Mowak MitenCeremonial cloth
The black colored two-part woman’s tubular sarong called kreot mowak miten is always paired with the red colored textile with nassa shells sewn on called kreot beloge. These are used as bridewealth gifts at a marriage exchange.
The motif on this textile is called kolo matang which refers to a birds eye a reference to having keen vision when weaving the intricate designs of such a textile. 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.
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Warp ikat, two panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Demon Pagong , Flores, c1986.
141 x 66 cm / 55.5 x 26 in
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