We envision a future where rural artisans in Indonesia can earn a dignified income, lifting their families from the circle of poverty while sustaining their craft through access to knowledge and market.
Having started with 3 women in 1 village in 2016, we now work with more than 50 artisans across Java, providing improvements through our targetted initiatives.
Through our One Village One Collection model, we are driving change in each of our communities and starting a ripple effect that goes beyond today.
In the hilly mountain village of Jlamprang in Central Java, an Indigo-growing family strived to subsist from their craft. For years, they grew, processed and sold Indigo paste to workshops at a loss by not calculating the real cost.
Our initiative here is twofold: providing training in basic business knowledge to the family - while training 10 women in the village who were unemployed or were farmers as Batik artisans. This simple act has allowed them to improve their own livelihood while building a sense of community among them.
In the secluded village of Medono in Central Java, handlomed fabrics have always been the main source of livelihoods. Unable to compete with the rise of mass-produced, imported textiles, price wars destroyed jobs while wage is pressed down to compete.
SukkhaCitta's initiative works with 8 weavers, providing work at a living wage and safeguarding the continuity of this craft by elevating the status of handloomed textiles in the modern market. We are currently planning to scale up the initiative by engaging with the weavers' wives and supplement the household income through a thread-upcycling project.
In the coastal village of Gesikharjo in East Java, Batik skills have been passed down through generations of women. With the main source of income being fishery and agriculture, an inconsistent, male-dominated activity, these women need to supplement the household income by being artisans. With no access to market, they often sell their fabrics at a loss through middlemen just to get immediate cash to support their families.
Our initiative here began with a capacity building in natural dyeing. We invested tools, materials, and conducted a training to reduce reliance on synthetic dye. Currently we are in the process of production for our first ever collection from this village, reversing the system by commissioning work at pre-agreed rates that raises their monthly income by 60%.
Women have been growing, spinning and weaving cotton for generations in this village. Using ancient backstrap looms, Tenun Gedog is Java’s indigenous weaving craft. The entire process is very laborious, with 1 fabric taking up to 4 weeks to create. Unable to make a livingfrom their craft, today only 2 women still weave. The rest subsists as farm laborers with low, irregular income.
This is our most ambitious initiative ever, where we have initiated the village's first weaving cooperative. Supporting them with a daily living wage, we will continue to invest in them as the women re-learn this lost craft. We believe that revitalizing weaving here will provide stability and an improves livelihoods in the community as the area is very dry, making it difficult to rely on agriculture.
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