Lembata

Weaver Kristina Krofa and her husband

Weaver Kristina Krofa and her husband
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From harvesting and spinning the cotton, through the final clack of the loom, a Lamaleran woman might require two years to produce a single kwatek nai telo textile. Motifs of manta rays and sharks’ teeth, scorpions and volcanoes, even the weaver’s shuttle or betel nut basket find a place in these exquisite artworks. The gift of a kwatek cements a marriage alliance, maintaining the long peace between the clans.