Mundungson and Patricia Sibah pounding materials for dyeing, Umin

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Improved transportation, forest destruction, and external influences have pushed the Dayak into a larger world, and many cultures are under threat. In recent years, however, resurgent interest in Dayak textile arts has fueled local revivals. More than six hundred women in sixteen villages now belong to Jasa Menenun Mandiri, a prosperous weavers’ cooperative in West Kalimantan. Threads of Life works with JMM to revive natural dye processes and traditional wisdom.

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