It has been six months since our last visit to Sukarara in Lombok. The weavers there remain very enthusiastic and had been busy dyeing and weaving textiles based on the examples we showed them last year. We were all excited with what they had accomplished but needed to make sure they have the plant resources to support their ongoing production, and that the group maintains a high level of quality in their work.
The weaving group of Sukarara call themselves Mawar, meaning rose. They are part of a national organization called PEKKA (Women Headed Household Empowerment Program). Last time we met we talked about what makes a textile unique. They seem to understand that it is important to find their own identity and to express this by weaving textiles that are still valued by their culture.[separator][/separator]
Proof of this was seeing the production of two natural-dyed Osap textiles. Osap are still used for local ceremonies. While production of two textiles seems like a small amount to produce in six months, we see it as evidence that there is interest and ability within the group to move forward and make more textiles.
The groups biggest problem is that the weavers do not have the natural resources to make the indigo dye. Komang Sujata from the YPBB foundation, our sister organization, joined us on this trip and brought cuttings of indigo (Strobilanthes sp) from Balifor the women to plant. Together we cut palm leaves and wove a fence to keep the plants from being eaten by goats. The women have agreed to take care of these cuttings and plant them when they are viagrapill.com bigger. It is our hope that little by little we will together recover the traditional textiles of this part of Lombok.