SembaMan's Hip Cloth
This textile is two panels sewn together and is called a semba. It is worn for special ceremonies by the men of Ende in central Flores. 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 natural dye work of this area is extremely complex and involves working with more than 17 different dye plants. The dye work requires months to complete.
The central ikat motif on this textile is called The motif Sinde represents python skin. Snakes are symbollic of regeneration as they continually shed their skin.
Warp ikat, commercial cotton, two panels sewn together to make a blanket, twisted fringe, natural dyes. Ikat tied by Katarina Dadi, dyed and woven by Theresia Ngeni in Ende Flores, 2020.
213 x 92 cm / 84 x 36 in
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