Ibu Wihelmina Nesi weaving in Manunain. Manunain is a village in the old kingdom of Insana. Insana has mostly left behind their old ikat and indigo work in favor of synthetic dyes and the warp wrap technique called buna. The Insana textiles traditionally were blue in color and had beautiful motifs such as manu (chicken). The Threads of Life team has looked for a long time to find any weaver still wanting to make the more traditional ikat textiles using natural dyes.
A weaver in Matabesi Biboki, West Timor. The weaver ties one end of her loom to a wall, a tree, or stakes driven into the ground, loops a strap or a wooden yoke behind her back, and leans forward and back to control the tension of her loom. If the tension is uneven, the cloth will slant as she weaves. Backstrap looms are portable and easy to store, and are often made at home.