The exoticism of East Nusa Tenggara’s tenun on display at Racheli Gallery

NTT woven fabrics collection on display at Racheli Gallery booth (IO/ Pramita Hendra).

Jakarta, IO – Among the array of Indonesian traditional fabrics showcased at the 2022 Indonesia Interior and Craft (Icraft) exhibition, one can find a 100-year-old tenun (woven fabrics) from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

The cloth, measuring approximately 1.6 meters in length is suspended on a black iron rod. The dominant color black, combined with shades of light brown and brick red. The motifs range from animals to trees. The texture feels a bit rough and thick.

“I got this cloth from a family in Sumba. I bought it for Rp145 million,” Rachel (45) told on Wednesday (13/4).

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According to Rachel, the cloth commands a hefty price because it is woven using natural yarn, made of cotton organically grown by the weaver’s family.