This rare handspun Kwatek Nai Rua is a two-part bride wealth tubular sarong with uncut warps takes many years to make. It is essential to the gifts that accompany marriage. Along with the two-part Kwatek Nai Rua a three-part (Kwatek Nai Telo) and five-part (Kwatek Nai Limo) textiles are considered more valuable in this gift exchange. The more sections to the cloth, the higher the value of the sarong. Textiles offered to the groom's family by the bride's clan are exchanged for elephant tusks which are held by clans dating back to about the 16th century. With all of these tubular sarongs, the warp threads remain uncut symbolizing the bond and commitment to the community. These textiles are never worn.
Many motifs reflect daily life such as the moku or manta ray and the tool box (kelape) used to make the traditional sailing boats called paledang. Moku or manta ray motifs appear as motifs in the Lamalera and Tapobali textiles as they reflect the importance of fishing in these traditional villages.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, handspun cotton, two panels stitched together as tube, uncut warp, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Lamalera, Lembata, 2023. Size 140 x 83 cm / 55 x 32.5 in
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