Scattered beyond the eastern tip of Flores lie the islands of Lamaholot: Solor, Alor and Lembata. When the Portuguese first sailed through this archipelago in the 16th century they named Flores after their country’s easternmost peninsula, the Cape of Flowers. The Portuguese were the latest in a long history of traders to visit the islands seeking spices.
The diamond motif on this textile is reminiscent of the patola pattern seen on Indian cloths that were traded into Indonesia from the 15th to the 19th century 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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