Full Circle in Flores

Katarina wearing a Lawo Butu

Katharina Paba is one of the only weavers in Bajawa, central Flores, able to make the ceremonial beaded Lawo Butu textiles used by a female clan elder in the inauguration ceremonies for a clan house or ancestral shrine. She was one of the first weavers Threads of Life worked with back in the late 1990s, and every time she completed a Lawo Butu we would have to join her for a ceremony in the windowless inner room of her clan house while she asked the ancestral spirits for permission to sell the cloth.

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The Role of Culture in Development:
The Bebali Foundation’s Culture-Ecology-Livelihoods Learning System (CELLS)

1 0608_SWPS_PPKL_Palawa-Tedong_IMMHow do you facilitate profitable, scalable and sustainable business development for indigenous producers that aligns with their customary values and uplifts their cultural identity? Or put another way, since introducing market-based initiatives to indigenous communities brings together the conflicting value systems of the global market and the indigenous community, how do you develop livelihood opportunities while seeking to maintain cultural integrity? The answer to these questions is not to avoid economic development as most communities are already engaged in the cash economy and the global market. Rather, the economic development requires a careful balancing of the profit motivated, growth-oriented values of business with the custom-bound, cyclic-natural-systems orientation of indigenous culture.
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In a Lather over Candlenut Oil

Documenting the oiling process with Theresia, Nona, and Fatima

In late July, I was in central Flores, near the town of Ende, with Pung and Wayan from our dye team and Professor Tony Cunningham from Murdock University in Perth, Australia. We were with Theresia Ngeni and the members of the weavers’ group she runs, studying their unusual candlenut oil mordant process for the traditional Morinda red dye. Everywhere across Indonesia, the oiling process utilizes chemical reactions akin to soap making. In most places this involves soaking yarns in candlenut pulp; only around Ende and in Tenganan on Bali is an oil extracted and then used.
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09 – 15 July 2017
Nature’s Colour

Nature-Colour-WorkshopA 7-day workshop on Indonesia’s natural dye traditions
09 – 15 July 2017

(10 – 14 July non-residential)
Explore the making, meaning and application of Indonesia’s traditional natural dyes through batik, yarn and swatch dyeing, and pressure-resist patterning

Space limited to 8 participants

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03 – 10 Sept 2017
Creative Cultures

Creative-CulturesA 7-day workshop discovering Bali’s creative traditions
03 – 10 September 2017
(04–09 Sep non-residential)
Discover the roots of Balinese culture through hands-on workshops that delve into the resilience of Bali’s unique arts, crafts, and ritual practices

Space limited to 8 participants

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17 – 23 Sept 2017
Tribawana Batik

tribawanaA 7-day workshop of batik’s inner journey and outer practice
17 – 23 September 2017
(18 – 22 Sep non-residential)
Awaken your creativity through Java’s ancient Three Worlds Creative Process with tradition keepers and batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam

Space limited to 10 participants

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21 – 25 October 2017
Original Colours

Original-ColoursA 5-day workshop on Indonesia’s natural dye traditions
21 – 25 October 2017
(22–24 Oct non-residential)
Explore the making, meaning and application of Indonesia’s traditional textile arts through natural dyes, swatch dyeing, and a personal batik project

Space limited to 8 participants

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10 – 16 December 2017
Batik Week

Batik-WeekA 7-day residency on natural dyes
for batik artists
10 – 16 December 2017
(11–15 Dec non-residential)
Discover how traditional natural dyes interact and change through the batik process on different fibres while developing a natural dye batik project

Space limited to 8 participants


The Sweet Blue: A 4-day indigo workshop in Bali with Aboubakar Fofana and Threads of Life

aboubakar-fofana13 to 16 March 2017

Space limited to 10 participants
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A master dyer from Mali, Aboubakar Fofana focuses during this 4-day workshop on the use of powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-synthetic and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. The workshop explains the setting up and caring for a fructose vat, and the choice and preparation of the textiles to be dyed. Participants will experience the difference between powdered and fresh indigo during a day spent preparing indigo direct from the Threads of Life dye garden with the studio’s resident dyers. A fermented indigo vat that Aboubakar will have been preparing over the previous two weeks will also be available.
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