This dreamy earth-red shoulder cloth is a testament to the revival of traditional weaving in southern Lembata near Lamalera. This shoulder scarf represents Threads of Life’s early efforts to revive traditionally produced textiles where natural dye techniques had all but vanished.
The ikat motif on this textile is called taru mata means to pay close attention to how one must tie a pattern so that the outcome is good. This motif is clearly a depiction of the Patola pattern found in the old Indian textiles traded to the islands centuries ago. Perhaps copying this motif into their own textiles required precision as it was not a familiar motif.
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, 2017. Size 152 x 18 cm / 60 x 7 in
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