Welcoming Village Elders by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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Watubelapi, Flores Island, Indonesia. Elder village ladies in the weaving village of Watubelapi on Flores Island. Flores is known for its ikats, which means “to bind.” Resist dyeing threads create patterns before the strands are woven into a garment on simple backstrap looms.

These ladies, along with the rest of the villagers, gave us a warm welcome to their village with song and dance. We felt privileged to be such honored guests.

March 23, 2007

Canon 10D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/90, f/5.6, focal length 28mm, ISO 200.

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  • casp3r
    casp3ralmost 6 years ago

    Great colorful capture !

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 6 years ago

    Thanks a bundle!

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely portrait. Their sarongs almost glow. This was taken outdoors, or did you use lighting? Just curious.

  • Hello, Jan. This photo was taken out of doors in natural diffuse light filtering in from overhead through vegetation and tall trees. The village dance performance had ended…these two ladies were relaxing alongside a building after dancing the afternoon away. I thought them to be as elegant as queens with their regal carriage.

    Incidentally, the ikat sarongs the women are wearing are indeed all handmade. The women spin the fibers, dye them using natural dyes and woven on small looms. The weaving tradition in Watubelapi continues to be alive and well, thank goodness!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 6 years ago

    YIPPEE! Thank you, Southeast Asia for featuring my work!

  • Wayne  Pearson
    Wayne Pearsonalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful, love the colours.

  • Thank you very much, Wayne. These ladies have such a regal look…the addition of such brilliant color against their rich brown skin just sang to me. I’ll never forget how gracious they were to me as well.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • chriso
    chrisoalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot – I’m sure these faces and expressions show the tip of an iceberg of many stories and experiences of their home.

  • One of the things that bothers me when traveling is that often I cannot communicate with others due to the language barrier. This was the case in this village although shy smiles and demonstrations of spinning, weaving and dying left me with cherished impressions. Thank you, Chriso.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful portrait! You have captured their character very well in this image :)

  • Shelly, with your fine eye for capturing people, your words mean a great deal to me. Thank you very much.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful. Thank you for adding some native people to the group. We don’t have that many of this kind of images.

  • So happy this image met with your approval, Teresa. Thank you for your comments. Islands conjure many images, most of the ones coming to my mind being those scintillatingly stunning powder sand beaches lined with swaying palms. Yet the cultural side of islands is also compelling. Look for more people shots to come in the future. I can’t stop taking these pictures!!!!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • blamo
    blamoover 5 years ago

    great village feel …………they look so proud

  • Blamo, this was quite a village to visit. I can still hear the welcoming cries, smell the betel nut, and the swirling colors of the villagers’ weavings. As to these ladies, I think they exhibit the carriage of queens, proud indeed. Thanks for your comments!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • blamo
    blamoover 5 years ago

    Thankyou for the added info whalegeek ……….enjoyed my visit

  • At your service, blamo!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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