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Jakarta Post

Women strive for themselves, their families

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 19 2019   /  12:43 am

For generations, women in the village of Sungai Namang in South Kalimantan’s Hulu Sungai Utara regency have learned and passed down the traditional craft of weaving mats from purun (grey sedge grass).But much of the grass was burned down in 2015 during Indonesia’s worst haze crisis.Government data show that at least 2.6 million hectares of land in Sumatra and Kalimantan — an area 4.5 times the size of Bali — was burned from June to October 2015. By October 2015, more than 100,000 ha of land were destroyed in each of eight provinces suffering most under the massive forest and land fires.The weaving tradition has been passed down for generations in Sungai Namang, with female villagers learning from their mothers to create the mats they later sell to help them meet their daily needs.Yeni Kusuma, a village facilitator from Sungai Namang, said that, as the village’s peatland areas w...