Threads Of Life

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he effectiveness of Threads of Life’s work depends on both the gallery and the website connecting indigenous weavers to the wider world. The underlying theme across all our work is support for cultural integrity and survival. Communities fail to develop economically when their self-worth is undermined. Nobody becomes self-starting and empowered when being told by media, government and the outside world that their heritage and identity are backward and primitive. At Threads of Life and our sister nonprofit, the Bebali Foundation, and through the foundation’s Plant Mordant Project, we aim to understand, engage with and support the aspects of a community’s culture and its social institutions that empower people to take charge of their own destinies.

You can support this work economically thorough purchases at our Bali gallery and online store, socially through becoming a friend and receiving our newsletter, philanthropically through the Bebali Foundation and its work, directly as a researcher or volunteer when we put out requests for assistance.


hreads of Life sometimes receives requests from volunteers and researchers wishing to help us with our work. The support is greatly appreciated, but as a small organization working to carefully planned schedules and targets with a very busy staff, we are often unable to accommodate these offers.

Volunteers are sometimes sought for specific tasks, and notice of these needs will be posted on this page and in our newsletter. As the office functions in the Indonesian language, a basic understanding of the local language and customs is usually required.

The support of academics is equally valuable, but must be appropriate to our program strategy and be integrated at the planning stage of our annual work plan if it is to benefit rather than burden our work. Notice of specific research opportunities will be posted on this website and in our newsletter with enough lead time to accommodate the academic calendars of potential researchers.

To all potential volunteers and researchers, we thank you in advance for your support.

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