Kreot Nai Juan the gifts that accompany marriage along with the more valuable ritual textile the three-part Kreot Nai Telon. The more parts, 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.
The central motif on this textile is called Samoina comes from the word Samo which is a name of an ancestor from long ago. Ina is honorific for mother or Mrs. Miss. Samoina refers to the first ancestor who created motifs on the Tapobali textile.
An extraordinary textile to hang or place on the end of a bed.
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 Wulandoni, Lembata, 2015. Size 118 x 73 cm / 46.5 x 28.5 in
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