“The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one’s education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.” ― Plato, The Republic of Plato.
It is true in what Plato said above and I really appreciate my culture. What I am going to tell you is a little bit about woven fabric in our own culture (Riung – Flores East Tenggara). About Riung itself is a beautiful place and it is a sub-district of Ngada. Riung located to the north of Bajawa, is famed for its beautiful coral gardens. The coast and the surrounding area of the town of Riung have become a national conservation area, and were even given the status of a national park and named Taman Wisata Alam Laut 17 Pulau Riung, or ‘Seventeen Islands’. In fact, the national park consists of more than 20 small and larger islands. The local people, though, have named the area ‘Riung Seventeen Islands’, a label that is easy to remember as it refers to the personification of a beautiful 17-year-old girl and also Indonesian Independence Day on the 17th of August.
I think it is enough about Riung. Now let me tell you about woven fabric. It is an art woven and people work on weaving/embroidered on black base color with a yellow geometric motif or some other motifs as well, it is similar with art weaving in the regency of Manggarai. The local name for this woven fabric is Lipa (Lipa Riung). They use those for traditional parties or ceremonial stuff.
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