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‘IKAT’ ARTISANS WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE WORLD HERITAGE

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  02:30 am

Man on a mission: Mexican weaver Arturo Estrada Hernandez brings his standing loom to the Textile Museum in Jakarta during the World Ikat Textiles Symposium to finish a piece of ikat rebozo. The cloth can take from five days to one year to make depending on the intricacy of the work.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.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 ikat motifs despite the prevailing 1985 ...