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Artisan stories: Weaving the long road to 'tenun'

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, September 5, 2019  /  05:03 pm
Artisan stories: Weaving the long road to 'tenun'

On the catwalk: Models showcase a fashion collection during the World Ikat Textiles Symposium 2019 in Jakarta. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Yovita Meta Bastian recalls the heavy blow when a building owned by her foundation, Tafean Pah, in Biboki, East Nusa Tenggara, was torn down recently over a land dispute. While all of the woven products were moved safely to her house, sales stopped for a few months, which was disastrous for women in the community. Yovita started the Tafean Pah foundation in 1990 to help an impoverished widow, whose woven products would fetch no more than the price of one stalk of corn. “She was treated unfairly because of her status as a widow, and I just tried to help her. I noticed that woven textiles from other regions were sold commercially, whereas in my region, they were only used for traditional ceremonies,” said the recipient of the Prince Claus Award in 2003. “We just wanted to promote and develop our local wisdom, so that we could stand on our own feet and not depe...