Indonesian sustainable textiles

In recent years, sustainability has become a major trend in our society globally, particularly within the textile and fashion industry. As a result, consumers are now expected to play a big role in helping to reduce global warming. However, in this fast-fashion era, finding fashion items or textiles which are truly eco-friendly, is really not easy, and finding items which are totally produced sustainably using green materials are truly rare and expensive.

      

Organisations around the world are now exploring the green and sustainable approach, developing sustainable strategies for future productions.  Sadly on the other side of the planet, a bunch of amazing skilful artisans who were producing beautiful textiles using a traditional green approach which is totally sustainable, are now swayed on adopting faster production approach in order to increase economic income.

We would like you to meet the traditional weavers of Indonesia, a fairly large network of skilful artisan workforce that could actually help us combat global warming within the textile industry. For hundreds of years, weavers of Indonesia have been producing amazing textiles, renowned globally. Our textiles are found in museums, in textile collectors’ homes, and elegant homes across the globe, and highly recognized for their cultural significance. Many weaving villages have often been chosen to be the place of academic research by anthropologist, due to the cultural value of these textiles. However, in recent years, we have seen the shift from producing textiles for culture and traditions to mainly for the market as economic development.  One of the main causes for this is the sudden changes in our travel culture, where the globe has become an open book, enabling easy travels, giving us uncomplicated ways to explore remote villages globally. Whilst we are exploring, we also want to find gifts to take home which will remind us of our visit. It is the high demand for these cheap gifts that converted our weavers to produced textiles using the faster approach, such a the shift towards the use of shaft loom, dyeing the textiles using synthetic dyes, and some of them opted to use simple contemporary designs.

When money is so scarce in our lives, we can get influenced by things very easily, particularly when there is money involved, and our humble weavers are no exception. There are family members to feed, and kids school fees to be paid, and waiting for the potential serious textile collectors to stop by, could be just a dream. Sadly, opting to produce cheaper and lower quality textiles for the tourist’s markets put them in the very stiff competitive positions with Troso weavers of Central Java, where the replica of all regional textiles being produced in their hundreds with no mercy.

We have been working tirelessly to approach weavers and encourage them to produce amazing textiles like their ancestors used to produce, and use natural materials and natural dyes like our ancestors did. Developing bite-size, realistic projects, to enable us to work together even with a minimal budget. We get involved in donating high-quality cotton yarns and ready to use vegetable dyes so that they can experiment immediately. We also create small natural dye garden projects and inspire them to plant their own cotton wool and natural vegetable dyes.

We invite textile enthusiasts to donate trees and help us develop these projects and save our planet at the same time. WE BELIEVE WE CAN.

 

Thank you for your full support.

Nelly Andon (Br Torus)
Campaigner

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