Trade Cloth PatternsDeep Natural Dyed Semba
This larges mans cloth is called a semba and is by weavers on the island of Flores near the port town of Ende. It is made from natural dyes which the weavers in this area value over the common use of chemical dyes. It is worn by the mosalaki or the traditional elder who is considered to be the custodian of the land.
The floral motif called Semba is influenced by the exquisite trade cloths from India that were part of the spice trade currency.
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Warp ikat, two panels sewn together, fringe is open, natural dyes. Ikat tied dyed and woven in Ende, Flores. 2004.
223 x 119 cm / 88 x 47 in