Scattered beyond the eastern tip of Flores lie the islands of Lamaholot: Solor, Alor and Lembata. When the Portuguese first saw this archipelago in the sixteenth century they named Flores after its easternmost peninsula, an area they called the Cape of Flowers. The name almost mocks reality for few places in Indonesia have such a long or harsh dry season. The Portuguese were the latest in a long history of traders to visit the islands seeking the spices that were worth a queen’s ransom
The motif on this textile is reminiscent of the Patola pattern seen on the Indian cloths that were traded during this time for spices and sandalwood.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, and woven in Wulandoni, Lembata, 2018. Size 164 x 18 cm / 64.5 x 7 in
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