Lete is a single panel textile worn around the neck by men or on the shoulder for women during ceremonies. In the village of Nggela the Lete is worn by men wrapped around the neck and called a Luka Lete. It is made from natural dyes which the weavers in this area value over the common use of chemical dyes. Communities along the coast near Ende are both Christian and Muslim with common lineage and ancestors, and live together under shared adat customs.
The central ikat motif on this textile is called mata saliwu means four seeds a referemce to heirloom crops.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton thread, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed by Theresia Ngeni and woven by Hadija Ona in Ende, Flores, 2020.
210 x 24 cm / 82.5 x 9.5 in
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