This one panel textile is locally known as a senai which is a narrow textile woven to be worn 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 Sabu Sea located on the south coast of Lembata. The people of Tapobali are seasonal fishermen, farmers and lontar tappers.
The diamond shape design is called befajak, representing a betelnut basket made from lontar palm (Borassus flabellifera). A betelnut basket is offered to visitors as a show of respect.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp Ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, and woven in Wulandoni, Lembata, 2019.
176 x 21 cm / 69.5 x 8.5 in