The word “Wastra” derives from the old language Sanskrit, an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism, now mostly used only for religious purposes); means traditional (hand-crafted) textile.
Wastra Indonesia (www.wastraindonesia.org) was created in 2009 as an online tool utilised via our website, our Facebook Page, Instagram & Twitter) to support our global campaign on the preservation of Indonesian traditional textiles. Wastra Indonesia provides a medium for Indonesian traditional textile lovers and enthusiasts from around the world to share the stories and experience in Indonesian traditional textiles. Through this website, we published blogs, vlogs & picture galleries related to Indonesian Traditional Textiles; their histories, their cultural significance & the places where they were made. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wastraindonesiaglobal
Through this website, we also share project updates by Connect Indonesia, The Charity, a small charity runs purely by devoted unpaid volunteers. Connect Indonesia has been managing several small projects in a bid to sustain traditional textile productions using back-strap looms and the use of natural dyes. Through these projects, we are making some contribution to help reduce fast global textile productions by encouraging and supporting the production of ethically and sustainably made handcrafted textiles, signifying traditionally made textiles from Indonesia.
We welcome writers, bloggers or vloggers who wish to write and share their textile stories and experiences here on this website. Please email us to submit your materials for publications.
Our main objectives are:
- To make some contribution towards the preservation of Indonesian traditional textile culture
- To promote education and to encourage the young generation to understand the cultural and market value of handmade Indonesian traditional textiles
- To make some contribution to combat global warming and to preserve our planet. We do this by campaigning to preserve and encourage slow textile production traditionally such using back-strap looms and dyeing the yarns by natural dye processes.
- To help create home-run businesses that can help improve the lives of people, particularly those who crafted these textiles. Wastra Indonesia works very closely with artisans from around the archipelago, providing them access to global market opportunity to help them develop and sustain their home managed businesses.
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