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Jakarta Post

Handep: Dayak fashion for the people, by the people

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15 2019   /  02:28 am

All natural: The products incorporate rattan, which is left in its natural color or dyed black using rambutan leaves.After completing their studies abroad, three Dayak youths return to their hometown to build an eco-friendly fashion brand together with local craftspeople.With the trend to a more ecologically minded wardrobe, more and more fashion brands are replacing animal-based products with natural fibers from plants.While eco-fashion brands are becoming increasingly common these days, one initiative from Indonesia takes it a step further.Meet Handep, a newly established fashion brand from Central Kalimantan. Founded in late 2018, the social enterprise works with Dayak women and small farmers to create fashion accessories based on traditional Dayak weaving patterns.Handep was founded by three Dayak youths: Randi Miranda, Liza Apriani and Yoan Taway. In the beginning, they collaborated...