Lembata

Whalers and Weavers

Whalers and Weavers
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The village of Lamalera, on the rocky south coast of Lembata, is best known for its extraordinary tradition of whaling from oar-powered boats using homemade harpoons. A complex culture surrounds the hunt and determines how the spoils are shared. Marriage rituals that bind the clans together require the gifting of handspun, natural-dyed cloth, and it is from a group of a dozen weavers within this tradition that Threads of Life commissioned its first textiles.