Timor- Power of Cloth, Power of Rivers

Danny Carney is an Australian Volunteer for International Development with the Bebali Foundation.

Clouds

Clouds gather across the culturally charged landscape of west Timor’s mountains, and across the border into East Timor

Unlike on many of Indonesia’s islands, Timor’s cultural geography is pulled towards its mountains rather than the sea. Many of the communities with which we work are nestled in these mountain ranges, and can only be accessed by long windy roads. But in the heavy rains that are occurring across Timor right now, these roads quickly turn to slicks of mud and stone. This meant that during this month’s filed trip to Timor, the village of Bokong was inaccessible, with weavers instead descending down to the lowlands to bring us their intricate, Technicolor buna textiles.
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