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Maumere woven textiles huge draw at Indonesian Pavilion 

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, October 13, 2018  /  05:05 pm
Maumere woven textiles huge draw at Indonesian Pavilion 

There are more than 20 classic and modern patterns of Maumere woven fabrics. One of the most popular types is Wastra, which symbolizes women's fertility. (Image Dynamics/File)

The State-Owned Enterprises' Indonesian Pavilion has been a huge draw at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group in Nusa Dua, Bali, with various traditional Indonesian arts and crafts that were made by the ministry’s mentored partners put on display.

At one of the pavilion's many booths, colorful Maumere woven fabrics are showcased by Rosvita. On display are fabrics from 25 small and medium enterprises, with patterns that feature both classic and modern Maumere patterns. 
There are more than 20 classic and modern patterns of Maumere woven fabrics. One of the most popular types is Wastra, which symbolizes women's fertility. Wastra features a special pattern called Lian Lipa, which usually comes in red and black.
“This is usually a traditional pattern worn by women above 50 years old,” Rosvita said while showing the woven cloth to visitors on Oct. 9.
Also at the booth was Dala Mawarane, a woven cloth in blue and red. “Its patterns come in blue, purple, indigo and red. We use noni roots to color it. The pattern symbolizes the unity of a family or a tribe,” she explained.

The cloths need three months to be woven and two months to color, on average.

“All of these cloths are woven and colored in a traditional manner. We still use natural coloring agents, such as roots, leaves, fruits, tree bark skins and many more,” Rosvita added.

Other than cloths, the Maumere woven textiles are also used in other products, such as wallets, card holders and shawls.

Rosvita said she was happy to showcase the traditional art at the Indonesian Pavilion.
“I am very proud to be participating in this event because this is my opportunity to introduce woven cloths to the international audience. I hope woven products from East Nusa Tenggara will spread to the international market after this event.” (asw)