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ABOUT WASTRA INDONESIA

The business, the textiles, the artisans and the team

WHAT DOES WASTRA MEAN?

The word “Wastra” derives from the old Sanskrit, an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism, now mostly used only for religious purposes); means traditional (hand-crafted) textile.

ABOUT OUR TEXTILES

Our textiles are buzzing with history, ritual, meaningful culture and exquisiteness and for these reasons, we would like to invite textile enthusiasts from around the world to explore the beauty of our traditional handmade textiles.

Most of our textiles are made using ancient methods by artisans with artisan ancient skills. They are made from natural fibres and a large percentage of our collections available on our catalogues are coloured using natural vegetable plant dyes.

Most of our textiles are currently delivered from Jakarta, Indonesia and from London, United Kingdom, but we are building a network with Indonesian textile suppliers and agents from across the globe in the hope that Indonesian textile lovers could source beautiful pieces near their homes, or at least nationally.

ABOUT OUR ARTISANS

Over the past 12 years, we have been devoting a fair amount time connecting and working with Artisans of Indonesia, trying to understand how these beautiful textiles being made and how the artisans’ lives and economy is shaped by their involvement in sustaining these ancient traditions. Please visit www.connectindonesia.org to see what we have done since the charity was founded on 22 January 2000.

Our connections to the artisans are based on mutual trust, love and hope. Together, we manage miniature grassroots projects that have a big impact in improving their livelihoods.

THE ORGANISING TEAM 

We are a bunch of Indonesian handmade textile enthusiasts (mostly mums) who have a strong belief in all things made in Indonesia and who truly love the culture and tradition of this amazing country.

Welcome to Wastra Indonesia Global.

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