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Contributors:Mama Yuliana (Puine) (speaker)
Danerek, H. Stefan (recorder)
Danerek, H. Stefan (researcher)
Danerek, H. Stefan (depositor)
Date Issued:14 Feb 2017
Description:Genre: Personal narrative. Theme: Weaving. Mama Longge (Y. Puine, born c. 1960), tells about how dyeing and weaving were done in the past, as practised by her mother. She speaks at length about the process of indigo dyeing and how to achieve the characteristic near-black colour that is the background colour on all Palu'e sarongs. After the indigo dyeing, three to four immersions, to achieve the resistent and shiny black colour, they boiled bark from the mangrove 'moro hae' with dried 'langalidhi’ leaves, and 'wuwu' fruit seeds (oily. She did not mention ‘seeds’ here, others did. This ingredient is not obligatory, but perhaps can add shine to the yarn). The materials were boiled together until the water became red, and about half of the original volume. Then a baked (cool) and mashed 'loi' root fruit from the forest was mixed into the water (starch strengthening the yarn). The water was poured into a 'kora', a split 'betu' bamboo, then the yarn was put into the fluid, and squeezed. The red yarn was treated with 'loi' as well, but she does not tell about the process here. They just squeezed 'loi' into the red thread (ready bought?) to increase its strength. Towards the end she mentions a few differences with today's weaving tools and those in the past. Recorded with the H4N Zoom by SD, 2 Nov -16, before noon, in Longge's home, Mata mere. No others present during the recording, which is exceptional.
Appears in Collections: Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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