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Precious heritage from Sikka

  • Sikka women can weave beautiful ikat cloth, enhancing them with colorful motifs even without a manual. This blue-white strip featuring a gecko motif in the making is the most popular motif of Sikka’s ikat cloths. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Sikka women can weave beautiful ikat cloth, enhancing them with colorful motifs even without a manual. This blue-white strip featuring a gecko motif in the making is the most popular motif of Sikka’s ikat cloths. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Not all women can participate in the coloring process. This process is forbidden for those menstruating, as the people believe that the color will turn out differently. The rule is still in place. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Not all women can participate in the coloring process. This process is forbidden for those menstruating, as the people believe that the color will turn out differently. The rule is still in place. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • It is unbelievable how nature can provide such enchanting colors. Placed in a wooden box and coconut shells, these different natural colors are ready to give new life to the bleak white threads. In the Bliran Sinna community, the coloring part is separated from the other processes as it produces an unpleasant scent. JP/Intan Tanjung

    It is unbelievable how nature can provide such enchanting colors. Placed in a wooden box and coconut shells, these different natural colors are ready to give new life to the bleak white threads. In the Bliran Sinna community, the coloring part is separated from the other processes as it produces an unpleasant scent. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • To produce a blue color, they use indigo leaves and soak the threads for three days, before transferring the cloth to the drying process. The process is repeated three times to get the desired result. JP/Intan Tanjung

    To produce a blue color, they use indigo leaves and soak the threads for three days, before transferring the cloth to the drying process. The process is repeated three times to get the desired result. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Made from indigo leaves, this white powder will produce natural navy blue dye to color the cloths. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Made from indigo leaves, this white powder will produce natural navy blue dye to color the cloths. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Cotton is important in making the traditional ikat cloth, and Flores people usually use cotton grown in the region. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Cotton is important in making the traditional ikat cloth, and Flores people usually use cotton grown in the region. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Turmeric is also used as another coloring agent, producing the color yellow that commonly enhances the look of many ikat cloths. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Turmeric is also used as another coloring agent, producing the color yellow that commonly enhances the look of many ikat cloths. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Processing cotton using a simple manual wooden machine. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Processing cotton using a simple manual wooden machine. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • With a simple, manual machine, Sikka women turn cotton into thread. JP/Intan Tanjung

    With a simple, manual machine, Sikka women turn cotton into thread. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Ingredients for coloring process are readied. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Ingredients for coloring process are readied. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • Sikka women show sacred traditional ikat cloths displayed during the exhibition. JP/Intan Tanjung

    Sikka women show sacred traditional ikat cloths displayed during the exhibition. JP/Intan Tanjung

  • A Sikka woman points to one of the sacred symbols in the traditional ikat cloths. The motif represents women’s fertility. JP/Intan Tanjung

    A Sikka woman points to one of the sacred symbols in the traditional ikat cloths. The motif represents women’s fertility. JP/Intan Tanjung

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