The Embroidered Story Cloths of Negara, Bali

Bali-Feb2009bInitially, I did not find the embroideries of Negara very appealing. To my taste, the threads were coarse, uneven and garish. I was comparing these textiles to the more elegant bebali textiles from other parts of Bali such as the supplementary weft (songket) or the weft ikat (endek)cloths, not to mention the superb double ikat geringsingfrom Tenganan in east Bali.

 

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The Power of Nusa Penida and its Textiles

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Looking across Nusa Penida to Mount Lempuyang in north Bali

When looking at a map of Bali, my brother Darta always describes Bali’s shape as being like a chicken and that Nusa Penida is the Cialis 5 mg tablets online – Price, Dosage and Cost of Tada… egg. When I was young I feared the dark powers that came from Nusa Penida. I was told that Ratu Gede Mecaling – the deity of the temple at Ped on the island – would come and eat us! It was a place full of black magic. But my first impression of Nusa Penida when I first went there in 2002 was that it was not a dark place but a very strong spiritual place.

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The Rain Cloths of Nggela, Flores

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The traditional compound of Nggela, Flores

Threads of Life staff have been visiting the village of Ngella in central Flores for over a year, learning about the village’s textile traditions and searching for weavers to work with. Looking at their photos and pictures from books, I imagined a community that still retained an intact culture with traditional houses standing side by side, each built with different structural levels depicting the realms of diety and humans in their architecture; each house with characteristics that defined the status of its occupant from the highest to the lowest class.

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Young Weavers Take Up the Art of Weaving Natural Dyed Textiles

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Ni Wayan Asmini is new to the group Karya Sari Warna Alam

Visiting the weaving group Karya Sari Warna Alam in Seraya on East Bali is unlike visiting any other place for me. Every time I visit there is so much activity! Young women are busy weaving together in the community center, while others are dyeing or tending to the dye plants that grow around the center. The weaving healthysemen center was built in 2005 with donations from the Hong Kong Textile Society and is a heart of activity for the group.

 

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The Magnetism of Traditional Textiles in Lombok

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Lombok textiles for sale with most containing Balinese motifs

I first visited the weaving centers of Pringgasela and Sukarara on Lombok in 2004. At that time most of the products being produced were the brightly colored synthetic dyed, supplementary weft textiles called songket. Most of these textiles employed Balinese motifs and were sold in Negara, West Bali, as it was cheaper for Balinese to buy these Lombok textiles than to buy or make their own.

 

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