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Stumbled across this from an enjoyable few hours on my early morning walk about in Tarung traditional village perched on a hilltop in Waikabubak, Sumba Island showing a young Sumbanese girl weaving 'ikat' cloth using family looms. Women folks are actively engaged in weaving on a daily basis and girls are taught the basic skills at the very young age as well as to work in the fields and study in schools. Weaving has a very significant meaning to their life which involves the entire families.


Native inhabitants of the island, the tribal Sumbanese speak their own dialect, who represent one of the last thriving megalithic cultures in Indonesia; a people whose lives are guided by animistic ancestral worship and its ancient blood-spilling rites and intricate burial rituals. The buffalo skulls symbolise status of a household - thus the more one is able to slaughter an animal for the village, the higher one's status!


A low light situation that I always love to venture, testing the exposure to the limit......



Setting: 16 mm, 1/60 sec, F4, ISO Raw 200, 0836 hrs

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