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Jakarta Post

Exploring the colorful natural-dyed fabrics of Bali, Nusa Tenggara

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 17 2009   /  10:25 am

Colors of life: Visitors look at traditional fabrics displayed at “Bali Nusra Tangi 2009” in Kuta, Bali, last week (photo above and photo right). JP/Desy Nurhayati
Bali and Nusa Tenggara boast abundant creations of woven cloths dyed using plant extracts that not only produce beautiful long-lasting colors, but also outshine those created with chemical colorants.The myriads of ethnic fabrics from villages across Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara took the center stage at the exhibition titled “Bali Nusra Tangi 2009” in Kuta, Bali, last week.Although some of the fabrics were made between 75 to 100 years ago, they still exuded intense colors, such as the 100-year-old tais weto fabric from Manlea village in Belu regency, East Nusa Tenggara.The hand-woven cloth, dyed using extracts of mengkudu (a small tree found in forests), still dazzles, with a deep red color domin...