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Spinning thread, Watublapi, Flores

Spinning thread, Watublapi, Flores
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In much of the country, the dry season brings most agricultural activity to a halt. Women fill the gap with cotton: they harvest, clean, spin, dye, and weave it until they are needed in the fields once more. Many families subsist on the produce of their gardens and barter with their neighbors. Cotton textiles provide the cash income to cover taxes, school fees, and medical expenses.