Mea and the Palm Flowers

2021 Story Cloth Series

This publication is part of our Story Cloth Series Program. Our first book, Mea and the Palm Flowers, was published in December 2021. It is a delightful introduction about the role of textiles as a form of cultural memory. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl in the island of Savu, Indonesia, a place that is famous for its ikat tradition. The book is not only charming – it is an accurate portrayal of Savu textile traditions and festivals, with input from a Savu weaver (Ice Dara) and an anthropologist (Geneviève Duggan). The author and illustrator are based in Surabaya, Indonesia. This year’s book is also a fundraising for the Tewuni Rai’s weavers group in Savu. Half of all sale proceeds is donated to the weavers. The book and E-book are available at