Alfonsa Horeng (Lepo Lorun)


Although the history of weaving in Flores is documented and clearly evident throughout time it can be difficult to keep these cultures moving forwards creatively and socially. Like so many ancient cultures throughout Indonesia rapid growth and development has begun to take hold and has specifically impacted the existence of the once wide spread traditions of native Flores women. The loss of local cultural identity illustrates the erosion of the noble values inherited by the ancestors, thus there has been a shift in values displayed by current generations. The entry of foreign cultures with different kinds of shapes and styles of dress that are infused with modifications and modernisation is slowly threatening the resilience of the local culture and without support and education leaves the local culture susceptible to neglect, or even the risk of the culture eventually disappearing until only stories remain.

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