Flores Island Handicraft
In Flores the art of pottery, which was centered at the villages of Fazenda and Lajedo and used to supply the needs of its people, has unfortunately been lost. The delicate embroidery and lace-work, the decorative objects made of colorful seashells, and the blankets woven on simple looms are testaments to traditions that are still kept up. Wicker work, wood and rafia are also interesting and unique expressions of craftsmanship. Rattan is interlaced to create objects of practical and decorative use, employing a technique that may possibly be of African origin. As transparent as poetry, the artificial flowers made from the pith of plants are beautiful works made by skilful hands. Unfortunately the art is slowly disappearing as the technique is being forgotten by the younger generation.