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Ikat artisans work together to save world heritage

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, September 19, 2019  /  03:35 pm
Ikat artisans work together to save world heritage

Tying the tradition: Skill and time are required to produce quality 'ikat'. (Courtesy of World Ikat Textiles Symposium 2019/-)

Collective efforts to popularize tenun ikat (handwoven fabric) have gained momentum as slow fashion is on-trend riding on the back of the global movement of sustainable development. There were challenges that still needed to be tackled, according to the speakers at the World Ikat Textiles Symposium (WITS) recently in Jakarta, but there is already rising attention for the product. Collective work: Symposium speakers (from left) Gunjan Jain (India), Meechai Taesujariya (Thailand), Rosalia Madeira Soares (Timor-Leste), Natalya Musina (Uzbekistan) and Arturo Estrada Hernandez (Mexico) talk about the new challenges they are facing in promoting 'ikat' traditions. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak) Indian textile designer and researcher Gunjan Jain said some changes had been made to make ikat textiles more accessible and affordable to counter the mass production of stamp print fabric with ik...