Shoulder scarves such as this became fashionable throughout Indonesia during the Suharto era as part of national dress. For Threads of Life, such scarves were ideal for weavers to begin working on while color recipes and weaving skills were revitalized. By starting with smaller pieces, a weaver’s time and natural resources would not be wasted if the outcome was of inferior quality.
The kelape motif on this textile is a special box containing all the tools required to build and repair the large sailing boats that islanders in this area use to hunt big prey.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, and woven Wulandoni, Lembata, 2019. Size 162 x 17 cm / 64 x 6.5 in
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