The Flores Collection

LARAS collaborate with the lovely women of the Weaver Cooperation Lepo Lorun (House of Weaving) located in a small village in Flores, Indonesia. Flores is well known for it's fine traditional Ikat weaving. 

Together with Alfonsa Horeng, founder of the Womens Weaver Cooperation Lepo Lorun, we help sustain the long tradition of Ikat weaving in Indonesia. Ikat-weavers want to keep weaving and create a more steady income from their Ikat textiles. They are proud of their weaving skills, and want you to have the possibility to stand out in style with their work of art. My talented aunt Atiet who lives in Indonesia sews the bags with much love and dedication. I am so grateful for her love and dedication to making the LARAS bags. They are true pieces of art. 

Every Ikat cloth is unique with her own colours and designs and they a tell a story, stories about all the beautiful things in the weavers' life. 

Mama Gonda - Jentiu design

Mama Gonda is a Master weaver from Flores. Meaning she's an expert of all the 45 steps of the process making an Ikat cloth and produces the highest quality cloths. I'm so grateful for her patience while teaching me the whole process of Ikat.

 Mama Gonda 

Mama Gonda 

The design of the cloth is geometric. Modern combined with traditional. This cloth of Mama Gonda has a lot of small symbols, this makes the process more difficult and takes longer to finish the Ikat cloth

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Mama Maria Justina - Tulada Lea (Heart and Ginger) design 

Mama Maria Justina is from Nita in the Sikka-region in Flores.

Mama Maria Justina is the lovely lady in red

Ikat cloth on the left 

The design is a traditional design in the shape of a heart and ginger plus the abstract chicken design. The symbolism of the ginger is used to show strenght in time of downfall, or to show the power of the spirit. To reach a success one has to overcome difficulties and hindrances that are symbolized by the heart of the ginger. The heart symbol means love and harmony between the battle and the glory. The abstract chicken symbolized the teamwork of the people or a couple in their daily life. The surrounding design that shows decorative geometrical meander, is a symbol of the continuity of nature and all things as in a human life, 

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Mama Leti - Jembata (brick wall) design 

Mama Leti is from Nita in the Sikka-region in Flores.

 Mama Leti 

Mama Leti 

 Ikat cloth on de left (red)

Ikat cloth on de left (red)

The design of the cloth is a traditional design from the beginning of Ikat weaving in Flores. The brick wall means keeping your path clear. 

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Mama Leti - Patola design

Mama Leti is from Nita in the Sikka-region in Flores. 

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Ikat cloth in the middle (blue)

The design of the cloth is patola. Modern combined with traditional. Her design is influenced by Indian Patola designs. The Patola made their way to Flores over centuries of trade with IndiaThe weavers of Flores saw the beautiful decorations on the Patola and used only the highest quality of the Patola design for the Ikat. 

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Mama Paulina - Geometric design

Mama Paulina is from a small village near Ende in Flores. 

Ikat cloth in the middle (purple)

The design is of the cloth is geometric. Modern combined with traditional. Her design is influenced by the idea to create a modern cloth in traditional way. With this cloth she experiments to innovate with design and colours

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Mama Regina Gadu - Utan Mitan Lea Wawi Romung (mouth of pig) design 

Mama Regina Gadu is from a small village in the Sikka-region in Flores. 

Ikat cloth on the right 

The design is a traditional design in the shape of Lea (ginger), Wawi (pig) and Romung (Mouth - of pig). The message is self-explanatory but we can draw a conclusion based on the meaning that ginger is a symbol of the spirit power to overcome difficulties. Wawi Romung or the pig's mouth design shows that the artist-weaver is inspired by body parts of an animal in her surroundings. Pigs are the main food source and favorite farm animal because they bring a lot of money. 

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