Savu Island

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Willy Daos Kadati with Threads of Life team in Savu

We are delighted to have Willy Daos Kadati join us again in our work with Threads of Life natural dye traditional weaving groups. Willy worked with us for 6 years and then was at Charles Darwin University in Australia working on a masters degree for 3 years. He came back to Timor as he was “called” to take his place as the traditional leader of his clan in his village of Lansese in Insana. Willy’s deep knowledge of traditions and culture within the eastern islands is invaluable.
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A Dayak Desa Wedding Ceremony Using Traditional Textiles

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The bride and groom with their attendents

Dayak Desa call a wedding pejadi.  When the man arrives at the woman’s home to take his new bride to his family home (ngamik laki) the woman receives him wearing  the traditional ikat skirt with shells and bells called tating (sold at Threads of Life). She wears a traditional headdress (pantung) and a beaded collar to cover the breasts called tatai.

 

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Life Transition Ceremonies
A Dayak Desa Ceremony Using Traditional Textiles

 

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Offerings are hung covered with traditional bidang textiles

Traditional textiles called bidang have many uses in traditional ceremonies even to this day. For example, they are used to cover offering baskets that are hung in the long house where offerings are made to the spirit that guides and protects a family member when they are traveling and living far away.

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Gawai – A Dayak Desa Harvest Ceremony Using Traditional Textiles

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Thalu Lius

Thalu Lius is from the ethnic group Dayak Desa in West Kalimantan. Lius has been working as field staff in Kalimantan for Threads of Life  since 2010. Lius is working with Dayak traditional natural dye weavers and basket makers. He comes to Bali twice a year to meet with the Threads of Life team and this year we had the opportunity to learn about the use of tradtional textiles in Dayak ceremonies.
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The Passing of Two Amazing Weavers in Timor

Sau Sae (1978 - 2016)

Sau Sae (1978 – 2016)

Our first trip to the field this year was to Timor. We visited a dozen communities on the trip, but at both the first and last we found that women we had long worked with had died. In the very remote community of Boti, we were sad to hear that Sau Sae died in childbirth in January 2015. The child survived. All of Sau’s sisters and brothers were staying with the new baby up in the rooms where we usually sleep when visiting. “I have lost my sister,” said Liu in tears. “We call her little boy Sau so we never forget her.” We were all sad to hear of Sau’s passing as we had known her for more than fifteen years.
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