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MEMORIES OF ROTE NDAO, FROM A VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2016

MEMORIES OF ROTE NDAO, FROM A VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2016

My lovely friend Olvira Ballo, who also the Program Manager of our small charity, Connect Indonesia (www.connectindonesia.org), is originated from Rote island. Olvira (I call her Ira) is a Rote girl through and through, she loves this island so much and very proud of her…

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…

WELCOME TO TAKPALA TRADITIONAL VILLAGE IN ALOR ISLAND, EAST NUSA TENGGARA

WELCOME TO TAKPALA TRADITIONAL VILLAGE IN ALOR ISLAND, EAST NUSA TENGGARA

Looking back at my visit to Alor in 2016, really, it was too short. We were there only for 2 days, one of which spent with a weavers’ group near Kalabahi, learning about Alor’s natural dye processes. Luckily, we were able to spend the rest…

MAGNIFICENT EAST SUMBA TEXTILES FOR OUR HOMES

MAGNIFICENT EAST SUMBA TEXTILES FOR OUR HOMES

This beautiful room divider is made from varieties of handwoven East Sumba ikat textiles with Hinggi motifs. Hinggi designs involved ikat processes (tie resist dye process), where the yarns are designed with desired motifs then tied to prevent unwanted dies to penetrate through the protected…

Exploring Solor’s Textiles and Culture 2020 – At Bubua Tagamu Village, South Coast of Solor

Exploring Solor’s Textiles and Culture 2020 – At Bubua Tagamu Village, South Coast of Solor

Solor is a small island in the Solor archipelago. on 27th-29th February 2020, Piter Ame of Yayasan PKBM Bensa Ema has invited us to visit several weaving villages around West Solor to learn about their ceremonial textiles, both old and new motifs. This photo was taken…

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…

Waingapu, East Sumba, April 2018

Waingapu, East Sumba, April 2018

The island of Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara is famous for its fascinating tribal culture, unique megalithic tombs and distinct landscapes and their amazing pictorial textile designs.  Sumba is a fairly small island, slightly smaller than the western part of Timor but slightly larger than…

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,…