Tamu Rambu Hamueti and Umbu Kanabu Ndaung- Hamueti and Umbu rule Rindi kingdom from the village of Parai Yawangu. Kingship does not carry political power, but the wealth and family prestige of Sumba’s kings place them in the forefront of their communities. The pair regularly hears petitioners and handles minor conflicts within their traditional territory. Umbu also manages his large hereditary landholdings, while Hamueti runs a cultural cooperative of weavers and basket makers
Tamu Rambu Hamueti- Hamueti’s textiles hold a palpable energy, a spark of her passion for her culture. An energetic, educated member of the deeply respected local aristocracy, Hamueti uses her position to confront the ongoing decline of Sumba’s traditional rural culture. With cooperation from Threads of Life’s partner organization, the YPBB Foundation, Hamueti plans to build a cultural center to preserve and promote the Rindi way of life.
Hinggi "manu kaka" or cockatoo bird speaks an importance of deliberation in Sumba society. This hinggi classified as hinggi kombu. On the la padua / center section, this piece is decorated with "habag" / habaku pattern, indicates that this piece was designated for Rende's royal family, while the tips of this fabric end with climbing lion pattern as seen on Dutch coat of arms. Done in natural dyes, commercial thread, kabakil and fine twisted fringe. From Rende - East Sumba
In Sumba, the artisan give a name of their textile after the most important pattern that use on it. In this fabric, karihu pattern stands among the other. Karihu is a seashell pattern (spot the most top pattern) which once only devoted as Rende's royal badge and represents a departure of first Sumbanese people by the sea. Probably from Kambera or Rende - East Sumba