Our Materials

There are always rooms for improvements, and this includes the materials that we choose to co-create with. To keep improving our sustainable practice, there were some types of materials that we have removed from our list and we no longer use in our production.

The materials stated below are the ones we continue to produce with.

 

 

BARKCLOTH (BEATEN-BARK)
Our signature barkcloth is originated from the Bada Valley of Poso, Central Sulawesi. The bark is ethically harvested and handcrafted by the barkcloth artisans who have been partnering with us since 2015. There are various species of trees traditionally being used as barkcloth materials in the region. We use six of them: béa (paper mulberry / broussonetia papyrifera), nunu (ficus), malo, hohawa, tepulu, and kalekau. Learn more about our barkcloth process.

 

 

 

 

FABRICS & YARNS
Our textile-based works are handcrafted by using a selected range of fabrics, threads and yarns:
- Handloomed heritage cotton fabrics (Seser and Sayut) by mother weavers of Kerek Village, East Java.
- Pineapple leaf fabrics and yarns grown, harvested and handwoven by weavers community of Subang, West Java.
- Handspun peace silk threads and yarns and handwoven peace silk fabrics by weavers community of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta.
- A variety of TENCEL™ Lyocell fabrics and yarns (made from eucalyptus fibers) from Lenzing AG, manufactured in closed-loop process.

 

 


 

OUR NATURAL DYES
All of our dyes come from nature. 95% are plants and 5% are minerals (mud, homemade rustwater, earth pigments). We grow our own garden. That's where most of our dyes come from. Some dyes are from discarded tannin-rich food waste from our kitchen, like onion skins, avocado pits and skins, rosemary, and pomegranate skins; some are windfallen and responsibly-harvested from prolific trees growing in our Ubud neighborhood; and some are sourced directly from our partnering farmers. Learn more about our ethics and our fully traceable natural dyes.

 

 

 

 

OTHER NATURAL MATERIALS
All components in our works are continued to be improved in accordance with sustainable principles, this includes our choice to use carefully-selected natural materials for making our products. They are bamboo, coconut shells, coixseeds, rattan, and pandanus straw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECYCLED AND REPURPOSED MATERIALS
One of our efforts in tackling waste problem is by sourcing and applying recycled and repurposed materials as part of our works. We use paperboard waste to make necklace pendants and art journals and combine them with barkcloth or fabric fragments. Some of our bags and totes use excess banner and milk carton waste as inner-lining to get a sturdy effect without harming the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTING ELEMENTS
Our labels are made of cupro twill from the cotton linter waste. Our product tags are made of seed papers (using recycled papers). We use YKK nickel-free zipper. Our coconut shell buttons are handcrafted by craftswomen in Klungkung, Bali.