SembaMan's Hip Cloth
Man’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.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, twined border, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes
Made in Ende, Flores. 2006.
118 x 204 cm / 46x80in