“There is no room for error. Its embarassing when the sarong being returned.”⠀

“Kami belajar menenun sejak kecil, setelah SD. Sekarang kami sudah 50, 60, dan 70an tahun, tetap menenun. Ini kebanggaan kami. Kain sarung tenun ini digunakan untuk mas kawin, bersama gading yang sangat berharga, kepada pihak pengantin perempuan,” kata Mama Maria Dina. ⠀

Saat seserahan, pihak calon besan akan benar-benar memeriksa kualitas kain, mulai dari motif, warna, dan teknik tenun. “Kalau sampai ada yang salah, maka kain tenun akan dikembalikan pada kami. Jadi, penting sekali untuk menjaga kesempurnaan saat menenun,” kata Mama Agnes. “Nggak boleh salah. Malu, kan, kalau sampai sarung kami dikembalikan.”

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We were weaving since we were kids, started soon after elementary school. Now we are in our 50s, 60s, 70s and we are still weaving. It is our pride. We use this weaving sarong as dowry, along with precious ivory, when our son get married and the dowry handed over to the bride family,” said Mama Maria Dina. ⠀

When the family gave dowrys, in laws will be supervise the quality of sarong, motive, colour and its technique. “If they found any error, they will return sarong to the family. Therefore its so important to keep perfection while weaving,” said Mama Agnes, “There is no room for error. Its embarassing when the sarong being returned.”⠀

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