Indigenous Wisdom • Artisanal Craftsmanship • Mindful Innovation

Materials

 

BARKCLOTH (BEATEN-BARK)
Our signature barkcloth is originated from the Bada Valley of Poso, Central Sulawesi. There are more than a dozen species of trees traditionally being used as barkcloth materials in the region, but for sustainability factors, we only use three species i.e. paper mulberry, ficus sp., and kalekau trees. Learn more about how we made our barkcloth.

 

 

NATURAL FABRICS AND YARNS
We use a selected range of natural, organic, or -- when possible and available -- locally-made fabrics and yarns. Tencel from the eucalyptus fibers, organic cotton, linen, handwoven cotton from East Sumba, and silk -- both mulberry silk and handwoven Eri silk made by weavers in Java.

 


PLANT DYES
We love co-creating with plants, steeping colors from their magical tannin and pigments. We grow our own dye garden and we ethically forage leaves, flowers, barks and seed pods from our surrounding to "brew" the dyes for ecoprinting, immersion dyeing and making paste for painting. We also make our own indigo dye vat, while sourcing the indigo from our partnering artisans in East Bali and Central Java.

 

 

OTHER NTFPs (Non-Timber Forest Products)
Some of our products are made of other natural materials that we have carefully chosen in accordance with sustainable design and production principles. These materials include bamboo, coconut shells, coixseeds, rattan, and pandanus straw, with a range of use as beach bags, jewelries, and basketry.

 

 

RECYCLED AND REPURPOSED MATERIALS
One of our efforts to tackle the problem of overused-product waste is by sourcing and applying recycled and repurposed materials as a part of our products. For example, we use paperboard waste to make geometric necklace pendants and combine them with barkcloth; we collected milk carton box and transformed it into handmade art journal; and some of our bags and totes use excess banner as an inner-lining to get a sturdy effect.