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Celebrating International Women’s Day – 8 March 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day – 8 March 2021

I am truly proud to have been able to devote a small part of my life to help empower women artisans in Indonesia, and the strongest reasons to celebrate International Women Day today, to honour those who have welcomed me to explore their world and…

The Sisik Langit Ikat motif of the Dayak people of Indonesian West Borneo.

The Sisik Langit Ikat motif of the Dayak people of Indonesian West Borneo.

According to the weavers of Rumah Betang of Sintang, West Borneo, the motifs on this ikat called “Tisik langit/Sisik langit” and Merinjan. The Tisik langit depicted a low cloud in the rainforest, the clouds that almost touch the tip of the rain forest, the sign…

YOU THINK THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE?? YOU ARE KIDDING ME!!!

YOU THINK THIS IS A MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE?? YOU ARE KIDDING ME!!!

It aches my heart when I find a textile sold online with false information, cheating potential buyers with misleading details. The victims are usually textile lovers who have not many clues about the origin of certain textiles and who are desperate to add something valuable…

LET’S SUPPORT SLOW TEXTILE PRODUCTION, AND HELP SAVE OUR PLANET

LET’S SUPPORT SLOW TEXTILE PRODUCTION, AND HELP SAVE OUR PLANET

LET’S SUPPORT SLOW TEXTILE PRODUCTION, AND HELP SAVE OUR PLANET. Keeping the textile production going is great, but equally important to keep the textile culture alive and to respect the environment along the journey. Our involvement is not just about encouraging ikat production for economic…

FALLING IN LOVE WITH WEST SUMBA IKAT TRADITIONAL TEXTILES

FALLING IN LOVE WITH WEST SUMBA IKAT TRADITIONAL TEXTILES

The first time I saw Mamuli Earrings, was In Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum Paris many years ago, where they display hundreds of Indonesian Antique Ethnic earrings, where some of them are no longer to be seen in Indonesia these days. Luckily, the Sumbanese are…

Ulos Ragi Harangan, a family heirloom

Ulos Ragi Harangan, a family heirloom

I am a Batak (Bataks are Indonesian tribe from around Lake Toba of North Sumatra), so I do have a lot of Ulos (Ulos is the name given to the Batak’s traditional textiles) given to me by families and relatives over the years. I have…

REMEMBERING R.A.KARTINI, THE WOMEN I LOOK UP TO, MY HEROINE!!

REMEMBERING R.A.KARTINI, THE WOMEN I LOOK UP TO, MY HEROINE!!

R.A Kartini (info about her here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kartini) started the campaign to defend women’s rights in Indonesia, through education, and to show your appreciation and respect for her amazing work, it is your time to continue the fight by empowering women and help develop education in the…

MEMORIES OF ROTE NDAO, FROM A VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2016

MEMORIES OF ROTE NDAO, FROM A VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2016

My lovely friend Olvira Ballo, who also the Program Manager of our small charity, Connect Indonesia (www.connectindonesia.org), is originated from Rote island. Olvira (I call her Ira) is a Rote girl through and through, she loves this island so much and very proud of her…