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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Nostalgic in Sumba

Sumbanese Traditional House

Sumbanese Traditional House

It has been 11 years since the last time I was in Sumba. As a Balinese mother, it is always hard to leave the house, the family and the obligations to my community, so Iluh and I were very happy to have chance to get away from the routine and visit Sumba during the first week in April.

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