Full Circle in Flores

Katarina wearing a Lawo Butu

Katharina Paba is one of the only weavers in Bajawa, central Flores, able to make the ceremonial beaded Lawo Butu textiles used by a female clan elder in the inauguration ceremonies for a clan house or ancestral shrine. She was one of the first weavers Threads of Life worked with back in the late 1990s, and every time she completed a Lawo Butu we would have to join her for a ceremony in the windowless inner room of her clan house while she asked the ancestral spirits for permission to sell the cloth.

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