Fine Textiles by Julius
Ndao Ikat Soft Cotton Throw
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This is an interesting example of geometric Patola motif weaving done on the island of Ndao by our weaving partner Cendanawangi. This piece is two panel piece which made with colorfast dyes. This is a motif called Raja Rote, or King of Rote and is used in important cultural ceremonies like the girl in the picture is doing. Cendanawangi is a remarkable lady and whenever I visit she seems to always be multitasking. She can carry her granchild oh her hip while weaving, singing and cooking all at the same time....a real inspiration. Our weaver partners in Rote and neighboring Ndao island are a family of three sisters, Paulina, Ina and Cendanawangi (who is named after the fragrant Sandalwood trees that abound here. The textiles produced by the sisters are of notably higher quality than everything else produced in the area. They use techniques passed through the generations. Their primary motifs are flowery Patola ikat designs which are a legacy of the ancient trade with India. They also produce some geometric and animal themed pieces which are generally bordered with church and cross patterns reflecting the Portuguese introduction of Christianity to the area Paulina and her sisters and their daughters are all part of their operation, the weaving process is highly social with lots of laughing and gossiping involved. Weaving is an integral part of the day for these strong women, typically in the afternoon and into the evening they will tie yarn for Ikat, or weave on the looms. The color patterns are derived from the seasonal availability of various flowers, barks, seeds in the area. Typically the darker blues and indigo dyes are from the wet season flowers of the Indigo plant which grows in the area. While Paulina lives on Rote itself, in the village of Nemberala her sister Cendanawangi lives a 2 hour boat ride away on neighboring Ndao island. Ndao is a spartan place with a few houses, a mosque and a church. Aside from her weaving talents, Cendanawangi is a skilled traditional dancer and a huge Karaoke fan as well as an avid chewer of Betel nut. A visit to her house on Ndao is always a joyous time. FREE SHIPPING GLOBALLY VIA SINGAPORE POST