A Traditional Sasak Textile from Lombok

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The weaving group from Sukarara

It has been six months since our last visit to Sukarara in Lombok. The weavers there remain very enthusiastic and had been busy dyeing and weaving textiles based on the examples we showed them last year. We were all excited with what they had accomplished but needed to make sure they have the plant resources to support their ongoing production, and that the group maintains a high level of quality in their work.

 

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A Conversation with Petronela Pape

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Our fourth visit to the traditional compound of Nggela

It takes many visits before a community perceives us as being seriously committed to working with them. While the intensity of Nggela’s sacred feeling remains strong for me, this visit felt more comfortable, as though there was a greater sense of familiarity between us and the villagers. We greeted each other with friendly words and smiles. People seemed to recognize us, now, on our fourth visit.

 

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The Joka Ju Festival in Nggela

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Accepting an invitation to the annual Joka Ju ceremony in Nggela, Flores

Early July I received a text message from one of the traditional leaders in Nggela, Flores, inviting me to attend the traditional harvest ceremony, Joka Ju. I was eager to make this trip to learn more about the ceremonies of this very traditional community in central Flores. Joka Ju is a ritual that takes place every year according to the traditional calendar of Nggela. The purpose of the ceremony is to purify the village and its population having just completed an agricultural season.

 

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The United Hearts of Bokong

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Yeruton Sae, Antoneta Sae and Rebeka Melu

Since its founding in 2004, the Nek Mese (United Hearts) cooperative of Bokong in Timor has worked hard and grown dramatically. I still remember when we came searching though this village for weavers and met the three sisters – Rebeka Melu, Antoneta Sae and Dorkas Melu – who we encouraged to form the cooperative.

 

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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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