Handspun threads are tied and repeatedly dyed with indigo and Morinda red by a woman who has a girl grandchild. These threads are then saved by a grandmother for her daughter to weave to make a woman's cloth such as this for the granddaughter as a gift that will be offered as part of the marriage gift exchange. The mother than begins the time consuming tie and dye process so that her child will have threads to weave into a woman's sarong for the next generation. You are holding in this textile the remarkable process of how a cultural art is passed down from generation to generation. You can feel the hands of three generations of weavers and their devotion to their culture by preserving this art.
Kreot Beloge is the traditional name for this handspun two-part woman’s tubular sarong decorated with shells. It is the most prestigious of all the two-part ritual woman’s tubular sarong used as bride wealth gift exchange at marriage. The ikat motif on this textile is called kolo matang. Kolo means bird and matang means eye. Kolo matang means bird eye. This unique textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as a bed runners.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, two panels sewn together into a tube with seashells, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Flores 2022. Size 135 x 68 cm / 53 x 27 in
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