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Fashioning a better future for Indonesian weavers

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 10, 2018  /  09:06 am
Fashioning a better future for Indonesian weavers

Realizing the importance of Indonesian weavers in crafting high quality fabrics, the Save the Loom campaign was launched during the first edition of Eco Fashion Week Indonesia (EFWI) on Dec. 2 at the National Awakening Museum in Central Jakarta. (Shutterstock./File)

Home to various kinds of traditional fabrics, many Indonesian regions boast local weavers whose skills were usually passed down from their ancestors.

Realizing the importance of Indonesian weavers in crafting high quality fabrics, the Save the Loom campaign was launched during the first edition of Eco Fashion Week Indonesia (EFWI) on Dec. 2 at the National Awakening Museum in Central Jakarta.

The campaign is said to have been inspired by weavers on Lombok and in Central Sulawesi whose hometowns were recently shattered by earthquakes. It aims to help them recover.

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Launching ‘Save The Loom’ by CEO @ecofashionweekindonesia @merdisihombing #day3 #ecofashionweekindonesia

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Initiated by Indonesian designer Merdi Sihombing, Sewing Love Project founder Rita M. Darwis and fashion event director Myra Suraryo, EFWI focuses on ethics, the environment and social welfare through the fashion industry and seeks to provide training for 2,000 weavers in different provinces, including West Sumatra, Bali, Lampung, Jambi, West Nusa Tenggara, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara.

“We’re excited to conduct a movement that could bring significant change to Indonesia,” Merdi told Antara. “[We hope] to promote Indonesian culture to the world, attract more foreign tourists to Indonesia and contribute toward the national economy’s growth.” (wir/kes)