This traditionally hand-woven Ikat textile was produced by small group entrepreneur in Troso Jepara, Indonesia. They developed the particular kripe (tempe chips) motif after receiving eco design training and use natural materials to produce ikat textile.
The word ‘ikats’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie,’ because the loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax-treated cotton to specify where the dye is able to sink in and color the thread.
Under the SWITCH-Asia Hand-Woven Eco-Textiles project, around 7,000 hand woven producers in Indonesia and Philippines are willing to produce traditional hand woven textile approaching a cleaner, environmently friendly production process. They are interested in learning the traditional process of hand weaving of their ancestors which is slowly disappearing in modern times.
This project is supported by European Union and in partnership with Hivos, ASPPUK, NTFP-EP and CTI.
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