This textile undergoes some of the most complex dye work to achieve the colors on this cloth. It requires more than 4 month to complete tying the tiny ikat patterning on the threads, and dyeing with indigo then with the bark of the roots of Morinda citrifolia and then another overdue process to give the rich deep red-black background. Threads of Life works to sustain all traditional weaving and natural dye techniques made by generations gone before while maintaining healthy eco-systems.
The motif on this textile is called mata semba which means gathering together. A textile is worn for special ceremonies by the Mosalaki or traditional leader of the community as a shoulder cloth
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Ende, Flores, 2023. Size 226 x 64 cm / 89 x 25 in
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