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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. Yuliana Puine (born c. 1960-62). tells about how dyeing and weaving were done in the past, and as practised by her mother. She speaks at length about the process of indigo dyeing and how to achieve the black colour that is background colour on nearly all Palu'e sarongs. To be noted is that after the indigo dyeing, to achieve a resistent and shiny black colour, they boiled bark from the mangrove 'moro hae', dried 'langalidi leaves' and 'wuwu' fruit (or the seeds inside? She did not mention that, others did), until the water became red, and about half of the original volume. Then a baked and mashed 'loi' root fruit from the forest was mixed into the water. The water was poured into a 'kora', a split 'bethu' bamboo, and then the yarn was put into the fluid, and squeezed. Red thread could be treated with 'loi' as well (she did not say if the red 'Meja sera 'thread was immersed into the same water.. it was also red so it seems possible. Take her literally, they just squeezed 'loi' into the red thread to increase its strength. Towards the end she mentions a few differences with today's weaving and yesterday's, two different tools, or differences within the same kind of tool. Recorded with the H4N Zoom by SD, 2 Nov -16, before noon, in Yuliana's home, Matamere. No others present during recording, which is exceptional.
Appears in Collections: Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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