Indonesia has a long connection with India through the textile arts. Trade cloths from India were exchanged for spice and other goods from across the archipelago and motifs, dye materials and techniques have been shared across cultures through the centuries of trade between artisans.
The Seven Weaves Cooperative work with weavers in India near Nagaland. These women still have the skills to harvest raw silk from wild cocoons in the forests after the moth has hatched and flown. This kind of wild harvested silk is called ahimsa silk as no harm has been done to animal.
Threads of life supports local artists and artisans in producing the highest quality of traditional textile using natural dyes.These exquisite ahimsa silk duppata are part of traditional Indian dress. This textile was dyed by the Threads of Life Natural Dye Studio using Strobilantes cusia for indigo colour.
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Plain weave, single panel with twisted fringe, wild harvested silk, natural dyes. Woven in, Asam, India, 2019. Dyed indigo by the Threads of Life Studio in Bali.
212 x 73 cm / 83.5 x 28.5 in
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We work directly with over 1,000 women in more than 35 groups on 12 Indonesian islands from Kalimantan to Timor
We empower women’s enterprises and put money directly into women’s hands where it best ensures their households’ welfares.
Our cultural and technical support moves weavers to great pride of ownership, inspiring the extraordinary quality of their work.
Dye plant use perpetuates a sustainable relationship with the land, and helps a community prioritize conservation.