A sayut cloth is used as a carrying sling for a child or to carry baskets of food from the field. The structure of the cloth is a representation of the agricultural rice growing landscapes. The macrame fringes are made after the cloth is waved and before the cloth is batiked.
The motif on this batik handspun textile is sri gunting is like a swallow with a split tail like a scissors. This motif symbolizes agility, purity, and energy as forces for improving future prospects. These qualities as embodied by the swallow that flies with great speed and skill, always expressing purity. It is hoped that by wearing this motif, one will be able to emulate the bird’s qualities.
Threads of Life is working to recover the indigo dye recipes with this village in Tuban, Java. Waxed patterns in handspun textile are sent to Bali where the Threads of Life dye studio dyes them and removes the wax.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Batik hand drawn, single panel with macrame and fringing, handspun cotton. Woven and batiked in Tuban, dyed by the Threads of Life Dye Studio in Ubud, Bali, 2019. Size 328 x 53 cm / 129 x 21 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.