Struggling with Weaving, Ende Women Keep Cultural Preserve

Struggling with Weaving, Ende Women Keep Cultural PreserveLiputan6.com, Jakarta There are two women who are engrossed in doing woven cloth in the court of Jakarta Textile Museum. They look diligent in counting the thread that has been stretched 80 centimeters with a length of 2 meters in front of him. Patiently one by one the threads in the lift and held with a long wood that will become a beautiful motive.

This tough woman comes directly from Ende, one of which is Hermina, one of the heads of the Ende weaving group from the village of Wiwipemor, Ende District, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara. With pleasure, he told how the process of making weaving Ende which has become a hereditary hereditary community.

First we roll the rope first, from the shape of the sphere into a roll of rope. Then we row these ropes in the loom and given acid water by way of rubbed into all the straps that have been stretched. Along the 80 centimeters of this cloth there are about 400 threads are arranged, said Hermina at the Ende Charm and Ende Culture Exhibition at the Jakarta Textile Museum on Wednesday (14/12/2016).

People generally make weaving Ende with various types and motives. One of the most expensive types is Lawo Kirimara and Lawo Daki because of the difficult and beautiful motif when viewed. But in general, weaving Ende is divided into two types, namely for men who have a black base color like a sarong and for women, which has a brown base with flora fauna motifs.

To arrange the rope, we can finish in one day. But for the process of weaving a sarong-shaped fabric, we can finish it one more week. Each of our motives must count to be the same, because if there is a wrong thread, we must repeat. Until the headache made, said Hermina, who is usually called Mama this.

Mama Hermina also explained that there are some difficulties encountered when marketing this woven Ende, ranging from the difficulty of raw materials yarn, lack of capital, and no special place for the group to jointly make weaving. This makes the production of woven Ende highly dependent on the previous sales.

If you want to fabric production, we must wait for the fabric previously sold, can only buy the yarn in the market that the more expensive. If so how long we continue? I really hope we get help from the government in order to buy the yarn continues, so the production keeps running even though the previous fabrics have not been sold. said Hermina.

The weavers also hope that various circles can help the continuity of weaving Ende, by building a gallery that can accommodate various weavers to work together. This gallery will also make it easier for people who want to learn weaving unnecessarily to the homes of citizens and simply come to the gallery to receive all the information from the weavers.

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