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The Rich Fabric of Life in Sikka, Flores.

Beyond Bali: The Talented Lady Weavers of Watublapi, Sikka, Flores.


On a recent visit to the island of Flores, a spectacular island in East Nusa Tenggara chain, we were treated to a warm welcome by the talented women of Watublapi Village, a hillside community of traditional ikat weavers in the Sikka region, near Flores’ largest city of Maumere.

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The hand-spun cotton threads, dyed in organic compounds and woven on traditional back looms are among the most highly prized traditional textiles to be found anywhere in the world. Increasingly rare, these cloths now fetch high prices and are found in leading museums and private textile collections.

During our visit we were welcomed by the women and men of Watublapi with home-grown coffee, local tobacco and lively dances. Later, the ladies demonstrated the step-by-step production process of their fine ikats and allowed us to admire their traditional beads and bracelets made from antique ivory.

Shown on are some pictures taken during that visit.

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