Natural Dyes WelcomeLembata Senai
This one panel textile is locally known as a senai and is wom over the shoulder or around the neck by a woman to compete her traditional dress. Tapobali is a quiet village situated on a hill overlooking the Savu Sea located on the south coast of Lembata. The people of Tapobali are seasonal fishermen, farmers and lontar tappers.
The diamond shape motif is befajak represents the shape of a betelnut basket made from lontar palm (Borassus flabellifera). Betelnut is always offered to visitors as a show of respect while the visitor brings betelnut to exchange.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, single panel, twined border with twined fringe, commercial cotton natural dyes Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Wulandoni, Lembata, 2018.
164 x 18 cm / 64.5 x 7 in