This single panel shoulder cloth locally called senai, is worn for special ceremonies by the people of Ndona in Central Flores near Ende. 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 motif on this textile is called The central ikat motif on this textile is called soke mata ria which means large flower. It will always appears with the nggajah elephant motif. A new weaver will always first make the motif soke or flower when she is first learning to tie a pattern. Later she will go on to other more difficult motifs.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton thread, natural dyes. Ikat tied, woven by Yasinta Mai, Dyed by Theresia Ngeni in Ende, Flores, 2020
222 x 49 cm / 87.5 x 19.5 in
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