Promises to FamilyLembata Kreot Nai Juan
Tapobali on the south coast of Lembata is a quiet village situated on a hill overlooking the Savu Sea. The people of Tapobali are seasonal fishermen, farmers and lontar tappers. This vibrant community has a strong traditional culture and have worked with Threads of Life over the last 7 years to revive their traditional textile art.
This textile is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when working together and having an enthusiastic and committed community. Kreot Nai Juan refers to a handspun two-part woman’s sarong with an uncut warp. These textiles are used as part of the gift exchange for marriage.
The motif tarumata is a floral design that appears to have been inspired by the Indian patola cloths that were traded throughout Indonesia during the spice trade. A secondary motif belapit refers to the coconut palm leaf that is used in making the roofs of the houses.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together as tube, warp ends uncut, handspun cotton. natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Wulandoni, Lembata, 2014.
154 x 70 cm / 60.5 x 27.5 in