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A day with Weavers of Nggela, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

A day with Weavers of Nggela, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

Last year, we spent a day with the weavers of Nggela, Flores and learned so much about their culture and local tradition there. The distinctive earthy colours of their Ikat textiles were truly magnificent and the complex processes and elaborate designs, so unique and distinctive…

Yellow Natural Dye From Grape Leaves

Yellow Natural Dye From Grape Leaves

This is my 3rd video of Natural Dye Experiment that I would like to share with you our fellow natural dye enthusiasts. Out of so many experiments, this grape leaves experiments is one of my favorite colors. The gentle soft lemony yellow, it is so…

Red Natural Dye using Morinda Critifolia Roots

Red Natural Dye using Morinda Critifolia Roots

The roots of Morinda citrifolia (akar Menglkudu in Indonesian), is used widely by traditional weavers/dyers of Indonesia. The dye bath produces variety of red and brown shades, depending on how long the yarns are soaked and in the dye bath and the length of processes…

Natural dye experiment that will leave you green with envy

Natural dye experiment that will leave you green with envy

My natural dye experiments that will leave you green with envy. Check out my green dye experiment, the magic of nature. In September 2018, I did a series of natural dye experiments using plants from my back yard, and some of the results were truly…

Yellow Natural Dye from Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus)

Yellow Natural Dye from Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus)

In the past few years, I have experimented on several natural dye materials, and I would like to share this findings with you. On this video, I am sharing the result of an experiment of dyeing silk using helianthus (perennial sunflower petals). The plant grows…

The Sotis Handwoven Textiles from South Central Timor

The Sotis Handwoven Textiles from South Central Timor

The province of East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur, or NTT) is located at the Southern corner of the Indonesian Archipelago, a region that I have visited the most in the past 7 years. NTT is home to some of the most vibrant and exquisite…

Waingapu, East Sumba, April 2018

Waingapu, East Sumba, April 2018

The island of Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara is famous for its fascinating tribal culture, unique megalithic tombs and distinct landscapes and their amazing pictorial textile designs.  Sumba is a fairly small island, slightly smaller than the western part of Timor but slightly larger than…

Sharing Indonesian Textile Stories with Institut Teknologi Bandung’s MBA Students

Sharing Indonesian Textile Stories with Institut Teknologi Bandung’s MBA Students

When I left high school years ago, I wanted so much to get a place to study at Institute Teknologi Bandung (ITB), one of Indonesia’s most prestigious universities.  Sadly I never had the chance to study there, and never imagined the chance to actually lecture…