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 Savu Sea located on the south coast of Lembata. The people of Tapobali are seasonal fishermen, farmers and lontar tappers.
The diamond pattern is locally called Petola which is inspired by Indian patola textiles that were traded into Indonesia from India in the 15th – 19th century. Indian tradecloths are held as a clan’s most sacred treasures.
Warp Ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, and woven by Mikhael Doni Ledun in Tapobali, Lembata, 2019.
172 x 23 cm / 67.5 x 9 in
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