Endangered Textile Design: Will we make room for it to survive?

Event: International Convention of Asia Scholars Roundtable Title: Endangered Textile Design: will we make room for it to survive? Convenors: Sandra Niessen and Geneviève Duggan Where: Museum Volkenkunde, Paviljoen Building, Leiden, The Netherlands When: 18 July 2019, 17.00 - 18.45 The Bebali Foundation’s Culture-Ecology-Livelihoods Learning System (CELLS) By William Ingram, Threads of Life (threadsoflife.com) and [...]

The Role of Culture in Development: The Bebali Foundation’s Culture-Ecology-Livelihoods Learning System (CELLS)

How do you facilitate profitable, scalable and sustainable business development for indigenous producers that aligns with their customary values and uplifts their cultural identity?

Tea & Textile Tales: Our first Pop-Up Store

We are bringing Threads of Life and tales of the spice trade to Biku in Seminyak for a special one-day only event. Come and learn about Indonesia’s incredible textile arts heritage and maybe even fall in love with a few pieces.

Threads of Life featured at Umajati Retreat

Threads of Life has a sister! Umajati Retreat is a lush garden property hosting two elegantly converted hundred-year-old Javanese teak wooden homes that provide 21st century living in 19th century houses. And of course it features Threads of Life textiles in every room.

Collaboration with Rana Helmi

If you visit our Ubud Gallery, you will find some beautiful pieces of of wearable art. in 2014, we collaborated with Rana Helmi to turn some of the textiles in vests, coats and other winter wear. Some of the pieces modeled here by our very own Jean Howe!

Threads of Life withdraws from the WFTO

Threads of Life has been a part of the fair trade movement since we began working with Indonesia’s traditional weavers in 1997. In 2004 we became a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which in its own words,

Challenging Times in Kalumpang, Sulawesi

In December 2012 we received a shipment of three bales containing 84 textiles from the most remote communities we work with in the Kalumpang region of West Sulawesi. (See the May 2011 Field Notes). The shipment included 57 of the large 150 x 200 cm (60 x 80 inch) Sekomandi and Marilotong textiles, and 27 […]

Behind Being

I met filmmaker Quincy Davis in March, when he asked to interview me for a documentary he was planning to make about the importance of culture and community. I said yes and we spent a couple of hours talking in front of his camera. He just sent me the trailer for his film, and it […]

Lou Zeldis, In Memoriam

Upon entering the Threads of Life gallery, and looking to the left, a strikingly modern batik is usually hanging full-length on the far wall. Made in the traditional natural-dye colors of central Java by the artisans at a batik studio in the city of Solo, the designs being employed have taken tradition and spun it […]

Connected and Aligned

Agustina Soly lives 2 days travel from the nearest surfaced road. Her community in the remote highlands of West Sulawesi is beyond the reach of most Indonesian government services. People are very self-reliant here. Agustina is the school teacher and the coordinator for 7 weavers’ cooperatives with a total membership of 56 women. Weaving is […]