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Sumba People Weaving Lessons in Life: Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara

October 17th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Hinggi (traditional garments) were originally worn by kings only. Further down the line, however, ordinary people were given the freedom to wear hinggi at weddings and funerals. And with economic growth, hinggi have now become a commodity, leading to the emergence of new motifs as demanded by the market, including images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.


Record Attempt by Sumba Weavers: East Nusa Tenggara

October 11th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

There was intense activity in the house of Hendrik Pali, 60, in Lambanapu, seven kilometers east of Waingapu, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), with large tents being put up in the front yard in July. While some people thought the father of six was getting ready for a party, Hendrik turned out to be preparing for a rare cultural event — the making of a 50-meter-long piece of handwoven cloth for making garments called hinggi .


Tourism Cooperation: Bukitinggi, Sumatra

August 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Through her thick reading glasses, Wirma carefully counts her threads before weaving them carefully to create the beautiful motifs that make up her songket traditional woven fabric. Wirma is 57 and has used the traditional weaving method since she was 15, taking only brief breaks to raise her children.


Jakarta Handicraft Promotion Center: Jakarta, West Java

August 15th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

Apparently outdone by modern buildings, the embassy compounds across from Ambassador Mall and the crowded trade center, the modest gallery looks gloomy and neglected. But it actually houses beautiful handicrafts as well as paintings, traditional clothes and other items that are unique to Jakarta.


Image of the Day: Batik at the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Central Java

August 13th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Yogyakarta is not only the cultural heart of Indonesia, it boasts one of the finest Kratons in the archipelago. When you visit this beautiful city it is a must that you visit the Kraton. Here you will be able to watch Javanese women using a canting as they draw the patterns on the cloth to create spectacular pieces of Batik.


Book Review - Batik: Creating an Identity

July 10th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Batik is renowned the world over and I was particularly interested to read the review by Rita Widiadana on the latest book on Batik, Batik: Creating an Identity, and look forward to buying myself a copy. As we all know batik can be your cheap street-side or market crap or you can buy an excellent and well produced pieced at an exuberant price.


Craft Fair: Jakarta, West Java

June 28th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

A bazaar featuring traditional handicrafts from all over the country has been organized at South Jakarta’s Cilandak Town Square mall — better known as Citos — to help out small and medium sized businesses.


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