On Wednesday, May 2nd 2018, the weavers of ROLE Foundation had the weaving training trip to Sidemen Village, Karangasem. They learned about the weaving pattern for the making of kamben (the waist wrap), scarf and sarong. They were trained by the couple who had the weaving centre in Sidemen Village. At first, they were shown the sample of the weaving product in which the white fabric was patterned using the red raffia string. Next, it was dyed into the prepared stain until it covers all part of the fabric. The training was really helpful for the ROLE weavers as it gave them the new insight of making the pattern for their products.
The construction of the park is going very good!
The sustainable business hut foundations are almost ready.
Aman Resorts supports The Bukit Women’s Weavers Association with an order of fifty pieces of their organic cotton, naturally dyed and hand woven scarves.
Here is Aman Resort’s General Manager, Mark Swinton, receiving a delivery from the Bukit Women’s weaving team. Way to go Amanusa for supporting fair trade, environmentally friendly products and local women’s social businesses!
Weaving Futures is a R.O.L.E. Foundation program that has successfully reestablished weaving on the Bukit, Southern Bali. Though the program is still under the management assistance of R.O.L.E. Foundation, the Bukit Women’s Weavers Association are now in business for themselves. They must produce and sell a minimum of 120 pieces of scarves per month to keep afloat and start to make a profit.
Project Completion: Weaving Futures: Weaving using Organic Cotton and Natural Dyes. The Bukit Weavers Association established and are going into business for themselves.
R.O.L.E. Foundation and it’s BaliWISE Women’s Business Development Program are proud to announce the return of weaving of naturally dyed organic cottons by local women on the Bukit.
Two generations ago, Traditional Weaving was stopped and the technique lost in the Nusa Dua, Bukit and Jimbaran areas. Now after six years of reestablishing the dyeing, thread preparation and weaving techniques, the eight women of the Bukit Weavers Association are going into this environmentally friendly business for themselves.
They now have their own signature colours and combinations of colours, which we call the Bukit colours. The white of limestone cliffs, blue of ocean, brown dry season earth, and the shade of the reefs under the waves. They have also developed their own four types of Bukit motifs using varying types and sizes threads. They now have merchandising and sales, bookkeeping and stock control skills.
R.O.L.E. Foundation could not have established this team and it’s skills by itself. We received organic, natural dyeing help from Threads of Life, weaving help from Nusa Penida and Klung Kung Professionals, and funding from the Australian Government for our Natural Dyes Plant Nursery and teaching. We received additional funding from Maiden Love, Ibal Bali Hotel Interiors, and many more. Thank You!
With overfishing, loss of farmland, and the fact that many women of the Bukit are not suited to the hospitality industry, the reestablishment of this environmentally friendly and community suited industry is only a win-win for the local ladies of the Bukit, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.
Do not worry they will be assisted and overseen by R.O.L.E. to keep them on track. They do need to establish their own Facebook or webpage and do not need to attract their own volunteers. So if you would like to help them, please e-mail us, and we will put you in contact.
This is a small step on the path to sustainability.
Big thanks for all the assistance over the years of this one.