Teresia Sasi, Oenenu, West Timor

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Every year, Threads of Life’s partner organization Yayasan Pecinta Budaya Bebali (the Bebali Foundation) conducts hundreds of experiments at its Bali dye studio. YPBB’s researchers test plant varieties from throughout the archipelago in countless combinations as they explore and document weavers’ knowledge. With help from the studio, communities are rediscovering their ancestors’ dye processes, sharing techniques across ethnic and geographical boundaries, and learning to manage their dye resources sustainably.