WE HAVE BEEN TAKING TOO MUCH FROM MOTHER EARTH, IT IS TIME TO PUT SOMETHING BACK

WE HAVE BEEN TAKING TOO MUCH FROM MOTHER EARTH, IT IS TIME TO PUT SOMETHING BACK

KAMPUNG PALUE, FLORES, 3 March 2020. JOINING THE PALUE WEAVERS/ENVIRONMENTALISTS OF FLORES, INDONESIA TO SAVE THE PLANET. For years, the Earth was begging for us to behave ourselves, just a little. It gave us loads of signs of unhappiness but showing extreme signs, but we…

LET’S KEEP INDONESIAN TEXTILE HERITAGE ALIVE, WITH THE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS ATTACHED TO THEM.

LET’S KEEP INDONESIAN TEXTILE HERITAGE ALIVE, WITH THE CULTURE AND TRADITIONS ATTACHED TO THEM.

This photo was taken at the Kapokale Weavers group in Manulondo Village, Ndona, Ende, early this month (March 2020). The smiling ladies are Mama Theresia (the head of the weaver’s group) and mama Nona, a member of the weaver’s cooperative. They are both such amazing…

WE NEED A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN CULTURAL PRESERVATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION.

WE NEED A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN CULTURAL PRESERVATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION.

These ladies are members of a small weavers group in Larantuka, eastern Flores Indonesia. My team spent half a day here last week, learning about their culture and traditions and trying to understand their ceremonial textiles and their function in their society. When I arrived…

A day with Weavers of Nggela, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

A day with Weavers of Nggela, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Last year, we spent a day with the weavers of Nggela, Flores and learned so much about their culture and local tradition there. The distinctive earthy colours of their Ikat textiles were truly magnificent and the complex processes and elaborate designs, so unique and distinctive…

Flores Adventure – A day in Bena Village,  Ngada Region of East Nusa Tenggara

Flores Adventure – A day in Bena Village, Ngada Region of East Nusa Tenggara

We left the Manggarai region with amazing memories in our minds. So much we need to celebrate on the beauty of the part of Flores we left behind, but some things have left me with unanswered questions in my mind. Our next destination is Bena Village, it…

FLORES ADVENTURE – RUTENG, THE LAND OF THE CACI WARRIORS

FLORES ADVENTURE – RUTENG, THE LAND OF THE CACI WARRIORS

Our next stop after Lingko rice fields was Ruteng. Ruteng is a small town on the western end of Flores Island, just a few hours journey from Labuan Bajo. Ruteng is the capital of Manggarai Regency, in East Nusa Tenggara Province, it is the largest…

Flores Adventure – Cancar, The Magical Lingko Spiderweb Rice field

Flores Adventure – Cancar, The Magical Lingko Spiderweb Rice field

Our journey through Todo was very interesting, passing busy villagers with their busy lives.  We met so many people along the way, particularly curious children. I cannot forget the moment when we met those young school children, 24 young girls, living in a small hut,…

Flores Adventure – meeting a weaver in Beakondo – Her disability is not her inability

Flores Adventure – meeting a weaver in Beakondo – Her disability is not her inability

We said goodbye to our hiking buddies in Dintor and to Mr Martin Anggo’s family and set off heading for our next adventure.  After passing a few large potholes and a very scary looking broken bridge, we came to a small village up the hill toward…