I Made Maduarta (Pung)
Co-Founder and Staff Ethnobotanist
"When I visit a weaver's family home in a remote village somewhere, and
there are dirt floors, curtains instead of doors in the door frames, no
electricity or running water, and the chairs we all sit on are gathered from
among the neighbors, and yet a beautiful meal is served to us using
everything they have available that day, I am reminded what true generosity
is, and what faith in life is. I feel there is an exchange going on: I share
my understanding of business with them to help them achieve material
prosperity; they share their understanding of community with me and I learn
invaluable lessons about maintaining relationships."
Co-Founder and Co-Director
"I enjoy sharing the rich cultures and traditions of these weaving
with guests from other countries.
I love sharing stories
and giving visitors an idea of how vital and yet fragile
traditions are, and experiencing that sense of our interconnectedness."
Co-Founder and Co-Director
"I have come to understand the local cultures, manners and customary law of
different regions while working with Threads of Life. I always find
it very rewarding to visit the communities and see their dedication to the
weaving and natural dye processes over the years.
I feel that I have
family all over the archipelago!"
Magelang, Jawa tengah
"I am happy to be working at Threads of Life because I can work and
learn at the same time.
Threads of Life I am learning about my own culture through the
traditional textile art.
I am proud that I can support these weavers who
are all magnificent and creative women.
Threads of Life is my
small way of making a contribution as an Indonesian to preserving our
natural environment and continuing the natural dye weaving heritage by
sharing information with the local and international community."
Ni Wayan Weti
"When leading a tour of Balinese weaving communities it is rewarding to be
able to explain about what we are seeing, and to see people comparing the
quality of textiles they can find in the villages with what is commissioned
for the gallery.
In 2006, I went to the YPBB Foundation's Nusantara
Weavers' Festival in Timor and met weavers from many of the cooperatives
Threads of Life works with. That was a wonderful experience."
I Gde Bagawad Githa
"I value being able to study while I work and to help other people in way
that fits with
my character and way of thinking.
It's also been
exciting to learn about other parts of Indonesia."
||Ni Wayan Supariani (Yansu)
"I've worked at Threads of Life since 2003, and what continues to
impress me is the work atmosphere. It's safe, pleasant, peaceful, and
prosperous and is managed family-style.
I've had many new experiences, I
have learned a lot, and I am given many opportunities to continue learning
and growing. I now appreciate the textiles, including the production
processes, the stories of the motifs, the ritual uses, and the culture. And
I understand much more about lives of the women who make them and the
challenges they face."
Field Ethnographer and Interpreter for Sulawesi
"There is openness amongst us at Threads of Life. We know each other
like family, even though we may be far apart. In Sulawesi, which is the only
area I can really talk about, Threads of Life grants the weavers
their full rights, particularly concerning the price they get for their
I mention this because the reality for these weavers and
communities in Sulawesi is often otherwise. Is there anything we are doing
that I'm not proud of? Not at the moment. And what of future progress- who
knows? It will be determined by the decisions of the communities we work
I Gusti Ayu Asri Dewantari
"After I first joined
Threads of Life, at the first monthly staff meeting, I suddenly felt
I was in the middle of a big family.
When I first arrived I
didn't know anything, but everyone was so patient in the way they showed
me what to do."
I Ketut Wenten
"What I most enjoy is learning about the cultures and textile arts of the
areas we work in.
That, and coming to understand the different
character of people of different ethnic groups on different islands."
I Komang Sujata
Field Staff and Natural Dyer
"Coming to understand the names, types and places of origin of the textiles
we sell has been important to me, as has making all the friends I have
I Luh Mariani
"What is most important to me is the friends I have made at work: they are
like a family.
I have learned to stand up for myself too, when dealing
with local suppliers for the office, and have overcome my inhibitions when
struggling to talk to customers at the gallery who don't speak English or
I Made Agus Wiguna (Dekgus)
Information Technology Manager
"I enjoy all the collaboration with my colleagues and how it improves our
I especially like editing video materials and making our
placement in a Google search improve.
I have also been able to learn a
lot from cataloguing the photos field staff bring back about customs and
cultures on the islands we visit."
I Made Mustika
"I really enjoy being a part of this organization as my own love of
gardening and nature is such a strong part of Threads of Life. The
respect for nature and its beauty and what it gives us is taken by my
friends in Threads of Life and shared with other communities who use
these natural gifts to make textiles.
I feel the strong connection to all of my co-workers here and the people in
places I have yet to meet that are part of my country."
I Wayan Sukadana
Field Staff and Natural Dyer
"Because of Threads of Life I have come to know the motifs and
qualities of traditional ikat textiles.
More than that, I have been
able to visit the exact places these textiles come from and make many
friends among the weavers and dyers we work with."
Ni Kadek Sukartini
"I like to work at
Threads of Life because I learn new things all the time: for example
helping to prepare textiles for sale by sewing the linings for hanging the
At Threads of Life I have a lot of friends and feel
that people understand me and care about what happens to me both at work and
Ni Kadek Kembarasih
"I really like how friendly everyone is and how
much guidance I am given about how to work with the managers and other
Ni Komang Darmini
Administrative Assistant and Weaver
"My colleagues here are like my family. We are very social, but we are also
disciplined in our work. I've learned a lot from this about how to
manage my time and value other peoples' work, especially the weavers and, of
course, the textiles they make."
Ni Made Desa Perwani (Tutut)
Administrative Assistant & Facilitator
"When I think back on my time with Threads of Life, the strongest
impression was made when I was made the Master of Ceremonies for the opening
of an exhibition on Balinese textiles in December 2006. It was my
first experience of speaking in English to an audience of two hundred
people! I was nervous, but I enjoyed it and was proud to have contributed to
the events success."
Ni Putu Ena Marbeya
"I enjoy working for Threads of Life because the people in this
organization respect each other and we are doing something that is good for
Indonesia and the world. Even though I am working in the accounting
department, I am encouraged to learn more about textiles. We have monthly
talks by the people who have been working in the fields with the communities
and here I am able to learn about each area and their textiles. I know that
if I want to move into another area of the organization in the future that I
can do that as we are all encouraged to learn and grow. I am glad for the
opportunity to work with Threads of Life."
Human Resources and Information Technology Consultant
"When I was invited to join
Threads of Life I felt very honored.
It was at a time when
elsewhere I had no recognition.
At Threads of Life I have been
able to develop my potential and felt much supported in doing so."