Events in 2019

Together with IKAT: a Dutch and Indonesian artisan's workshop on 28th of November 2019 at Aula Nusantara, Indonesian embassy in The Netherlands

The first phase of Binding with IKAT began on the 30th of May to 28th of November 2019, and the second phase will begin on the 28th of April to 28th October 2020.An expected result of the collaboration with a prototype to be shown at Dutch design week in October 2020 continued with a spinoff exhibition in Milan design week, Jakarta design week, and museums.

The workshops continued with the session on how to make good natural dyes. The weavers brought all kinds of material that they used for colouring and demonstrated how to do the dying process.

After the break, the session continued with the presentation from Nikki Wester from the Netherlands. Nikki Wester is a designer and future heritage specialist with a great passion for textiles. She is committed to keeping craftsmanship alive and set her goal to design the future together. She made an amazing presentation about future heritage and shared her experience doing a project about intercultural collaboration CACAU in Africa, in redesigning of the Cultural Centre CACAU.

The presentations continued to the next presenter: Lara Peeters from the Netherlands. Lara Peeters is the owner of the fashion accessory brand LARAS, established in 2014. She connects Indonesian textiles to Dutch fashion accessory trends as a tribute to her Dutch-Indonesian roots. In her presentation “IKAT in Dutch Market: Challenges and Opportunities”, she explained how she builds social enterprises in empowering and promoting Indonesian textile. She visited Flores and learned about its history and how to weave before she produced her bag collection.

Moving on, the afternoon continued with the talk show, presented by Mr Willybrodus Lay (The regent of Belu), Ms Lidwina Viviawaty Ng (Head of Belu Dekranasda/Craft Council), Ms Yetty Van Der Made-Haning (CCD-NL), Ms.Selviana Boi Dao (Leader of weaving group in Belu) and Ms Julita Oetojo (Researcher from Bonn University, Germany).

Last on the agenda for this event before dinner was the film screening with Julita Oetojo. She is a lecturer and PhD candidate at University Bonn Germany and has an interest in the IKAT weaving related to fashion. The film about Belu was fascinating, starting with the incredible natural beauty of Belu. In the film displayed IKATweaving as one of the traditions that Belu proud of.

Before the fashion show started, the event was opened with a dance from two beautiful ladies, Nova Burdo Marceline, passionate and talented dancer in Indonesian traditional dances; and Sarah van Soldt, who is experienced in the field of art and is also passionate in dance. The Dance tells a story about the Dutch and Indonesian encounter with IKAT. The entire run of the Fashion show was very enjoyable. The four fashion designers presented their amazing and beautiful collections that useIKAT weaving in a modern way without losing its cultural significance. The collections are from: Lidwina Vivawaty Ng, her pieces classic and luxurious, using high-quality IKAT weaving in design and motifs in various elegant silhouette and styles. Mardi Sihombingpresented his collection focused on sustainable design and ready to wear collection. Chic outfits for a modern, active and classy woman with the ethnic inspiration and using IKAT weaving fabrics. LARAS bag collection with various IKAT design in a modern and sophisticated style that can be worn for any occasions. Ayotupasbag collection with the IKAT weaving from Timor, excellent in detail and accents made the whole look of the bags more casual and trendy. Ferlin Yoswara Fine Jewelry collection, high designed quality of jewellery with beautiful designs and fine details that make every piece become very special and luxurious. The fashion show was successful and everyone was very excited.

The event at night was closed with a thank you by Mr Fery Iswandy (Coordinator of Press & Socio-Cultural Affairs) to all participants in this event represented the Indonesian embassy in The Hague.

From Edo to Reiwa : The New Era of Kurume Kasuri at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

For the first time since CCD-NL was officially established in September 2017, the CCD-NL was thrilled to launch its first presentation on Kurume Kasuri. This is event is about Kurume Kasuri’s value, tracing history trajectory and suggesting the future of Kurume Kasuri. The project was established by two interns: Naho Oishi and Minjae Cha. In terms of the project, the day of making a decision to organize project was the 18th of March whilst having enough discussion with the director of CCD-NL.The project was divided into 2 sections: the current events and future plans.

Content

The introduction of the event This introduction included the program, our supporters, the mission and vision of the CCD-NL and the outline of the project. After mentioning the program, Minjae Cha outlined CCD-NL for our new audience, and talked about the future plan of Kurume Kasuri, then moved to his presentation to explain the history of Kurume Kasuri, from its invention to the contemporary age. Naho Oishi described the manufacturing process of Kurume Kasuri in addition to highlighting the business aspects in order to explain how the industry has been transforming to adjust to contemporary 5 business sectors. Lastly, our guest lecturers Makiko Shinoda, Emilie Pallard and Niels Heymans spoke about their experiences with Kurume Kasuri, the reason why they were interested in the material, and how they could create artworks with Kurume Kasuri. The future plan will be written separately.

 

History Aspect of Kurume Kasuri

The history of Kurume Kasuri is an important part in order to understand the differences in the development and manufacturing process. To gain a better idea of this textile, Minjae included the etymology of Kasuri, of the history of this word. What was emphasized was the inventor, why Kurume Kasuriwasused for ordinary class despite textiles being regarded as luxury goods, as well as preserving a traditional method whilst adapting modernized technology to mass-produce products.
 

The Technological Aspect of Kurume Kasuri

The technological aspect of Kurume Kasuri was introduced by Naho Oishi on behalf of of Shimogawa Orimono and Unagi no nedoko, who were unable to attend our event. Instead of explaining the whole manufacturing process, she focused on the crucial areas of manufacturing. The contents were provided by Shimogawa Orimono and Unagi no nedoko, where the video provided by Unagi no nedoko showed the technological aspects. Additionally, the business aspect was highlighted due to industrial transformation heavily impacting on the traditional textile industry.
 

Artistic Value of Kurume Kasuri

The three artists, Makiko Shinoda, Emilie Pallard and Niels Heymans, shed a light on the artistic value of Kurume Kasuri with their journey of Kurume, the city. The timeline began from when they were students, when they realized their shared interest in Japanese culture, culminating in this project. Their presentation about the project “Opening Traditions” was part of the Holland-Kyushu project, where they worked with different organizations in Japan and the Netherlands. The presentation included the video content for visualization, and at the end was a Q&A session.
 

The Speech by Yetty Van Der Made-Haning

The last part of an event was about the future plan of CCD-NL by Yetty Van Der Made-Haning, she was addressing appreciation to supported organizations, communities and associations in Japan and in the Netherlands. Additionally, she is mentioning if who want to follow and construct the plan with CCD-NL, they can associate with us whilst speaking about the future that archive and summer school.
 

The Future Plan

Naho Oishi and Minjae Cha had discussed ways to continue Kurume Kasuri project in a sustainable.
Consequently, 2 key phrases came out from them.
 

An Archive

For potential artists, they would face a possibility that the background material of Kasuri does not have enough information readily available, and would likely result in not being able to utilize this textile for their artworks. This leads to a negative impact due to the lack of information, making it hard for Kurume Kasuri to enter the Dutch market. Although both interns are able to understand Japanese, it was hard to find academic research on Kurume Kasuri in Japanese publications compared to other textiles. Therefore, a suggestion from CCD-NL is to compile an archive of academic research in association with local university students, focusing on the technological and artistic value. Also, the ideal aim is to translate these publications to English to allow wider accessibility.
 

A Summer School

This is the ideal goal of this project. Designers and art students in the Netherlands would visit Kurume. The purpose of this project is not only to highlight the artistic value but also to expand the possibility of business. The designers and art students will visit the Kurume Kasuri factory to learn about the weaving skill and machine process. We strive for positive impacts on both countries. Firstly in Japan, although Fukuoka, the province, used to be regarded as “the international city”, recently, it is hard to say it is still an international city. To lead the international trend with Kurume Kasuri in the cultural sector, Japanese entrepreneurs and universities can work together with the Dutch students, where they would have the opportunity to share and exchange views on this textile. The Netherlands would also benefit as this could enrich Dutch culture, with their students bringing this knowledge back with them. As an artist or a designer, the chance to visit and share their views on art is valuable for new inspiration. In association with local entrepreneurs, the university students would stay together for a month, where we expect them to develop a relationship. Currently, we aim the summer school to take place next year summer or at least within 2 years, with a maximum 10 people. The local universities in Japan, which we currently consider partnering with are Kyushu University, Fukuoka Institute of Technology and Kurume University etc. Additionally, their support is necessary to sustain this project. Also, in terms of local entrepreneurs, Unagi no nedoko and Shimogawa Orimono, who are already engaging with international corporations and artists.

Binding with Ikat Center for Culture and Development Residence of Lio de Bruin in Indonesia on the 18th-24th of June 2019 & The future of Binding with Ikat

18th-24th of June 2019

Presentation Binding with Ikat in Erasmus Huis The 18th of June, Tuty and I gave a presentation about our work and the project Binding with Ikat in the Erasmus Huis in Jakarta. Tuty her team arranged the event, about 20 people were attending the presentation, a small but interested group with a lot of knowledge about traditional Indonesian textiles, like teachers and students of the University of Jakarta, designers and someone of the traditional textile arts society of South-East Asia.

Atambua

19th of June 2019

We started our arrival in Atambua with a gathering in the afternoon at the office of Dekranasda Belu. At the Dekranasda we met Vivi. Design students of Atambua, designers, weavers were attending this event. During the presentation, Vivi explained the project Binding with Ikat to the audience, Tuty and I introduced ourselves.

20th of June 2019

Vivi introduced everyone, including the Indonesian designers and weavers about the history of ikat in Belu, the weaving techniques and motifs. She showed us many tenuns.

21st of June 2019

Today the weavers showed and taught us their three various weaving techniques, the ikat technique and supplementary weave. The weavers were already working on their own weavings so we couldn’t really start something new to experiment. There were also two basket weavers present. I think it’s interesting to include the basketry into this project, it shows the richness of the various techniques Belu region has.

22nd of June 2019

Today the women showed us how they dye the yarns with the natural ingredients. – They started with boiling water to wash the cotton before dying. – In between, they smashed, leaves and roots as a base for green and orange. – Some of the dyes were combined with cold water, like indigo, red and green. – While others, mostly barks were cooked in water before dying to extract the colour of the natural material. – After they have the dye, they dip in the cotton and massage the colour in it. – They let it rest for 1 till 2 hours and then they’ll hang it out. – The next day they’ll do another round to make the colour more intense.

23rd of June 2019

Today we’ve visited a small weaving community about an hour out of Atambua. We were welcomed by a traditional dance and we received some information about their community. Most older women are weaving, but it’s not their main activity. The younger generation is not interested in weaving, they rather go on Facebook. I think it will be a challenge to get this generation motivated to learn to weave and to keep this technique ‘alive’.

24th of June 2019

The last day of the residence we had a meeting with the 3 designers to talk about the future of the project. I wanted to have a brainstorm, share my experience with them and hear what their thoughts were.

Binding with IKAT Introductory Event at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

30t May 2019

For the first time since CCD-NL was officially established in September 2017, CCD-NL was thrilled to launch its first presentation for the ongoing Binding with Ikat project which was initiated about two years ago. The Binding with Ikat project is part of CCD-NL’s planned project series “Ikat Road”; an effort to revive, preserve and develop old ikat weaving techniques that are disappearing.

This effort for culture, creativity and innovation will be done by working closely with countries have strong history and connections with ikat weaving. The launch featured presentations from Yetty Van Der Made-Haning, who introduced the project along with her personal and organizational goals; then followed by Kathleen Hoover, an intern and research assistant at CCD-NL. Kathleen’ s presentation consisted of a basic overview of the region of Belu, and it’s connection to ikat production. Furthermore, it delved into the usage of ikat as a visible lineage marker, and the ritual uses of ikat in funerals and weddings. In this introductory event, Lio de Bruin was introduced as first Dutch designer to work for the Binding with Ikat project. 

As the audience of the designer to work for the Binding with Ikat project. As the audience of the 2 project is quite diverse, Lio first introduced them to her way of working. She started with her inspirations and highlighted four projects she worked on that are, in a way, related to Binding with Ikat. These examples centered around previous intercultural exchange projects and weaving projects. 

By doing so, the audience understood why she was selected to participate in the Binding with Ikat project. After that, she showed them the program of the project and introduced the Indonesian designers and partners. She explained her role as a consultant to advise and inspire the weavers and designers to experiment and revive ikat. Lio will be traveling to Indonesia on the 15-24 June for her first residency. During this time, she will first give a presentation at Erasmus Huis, Dutch embassy in Jakarta. 

Then she will fly to Belu, NTT to meet and exchanged knowledge with ikat the local weaving communities. The event was honored by the presence of Ms. Marleen Jansen, a representative from Erasmus Huis, the Dutch embassy in Indonesia and Mr. Mohammad Yusuf of the Indonesian Embassy in The Netherlands. The introductory event was part of the Guest Program of Thursday Night Live of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. 

The organization of the event was made possible by the hard and committed work of interns and volunteers from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in particular the International Bachelor of Arts and Culture Studies students as well as the CCD-NL’s long-term volunteers and supporters behind the scenes. They all worked tirelessly to prepare everything, from sending the invitations, to arranging the venue, looking for funding, to arranging and making sure that there will be enough snacks and drinks during the event. CCD-NL is truly indebted to them and without them, the event would have not happened.

 
The introductory event was attended by 55 + people, which went beyond our expectations, and for that we are glad that the event was a success! Not only were we surprised with how many invited attendees arrived, but also with how many audience members were walk-ins. We were also grateful to Tony da Santos from Thursday Night Live program, who had been assisting us a lot with the technicalities. The event went smoothly, in large part thanks to Willy van der Griendt the MC, who opened the program with an interview of Yetty. Key questions were asked, digging into Yetty’s driving motivation behind the establishment of Binding with Ikat and linking her answers to CCD-NL. The interview led to an engagement with the invitees with a Q&A session, detailing information about the project. The Binding with Ikat project is planned to be divided up into two phases to give time and room for the Dutch designers and Indonesian artisans to learn about each other’s work, and to share experiences and explore possibilities. This results with a goal to create a product together using Ikat to support a future, fruitful cooperation between Indonesia and The Netherlands. In addition to the presentations there was also a small display of Ikat fabrics from various places in NTT owned by Beverly Kadja (Kiky) a Sawunese women married and living in Bergen op Zoom and Ita Jurgens from Flores who lives in Etten-Leur.
 
 

The reception began at 19:30, displaying Indonesian snack like: lemper, loempia, risoles, pastel and wadjitWe are very grateful to Ibu Wiwiek, who gave us a full plate of Indonesian hapjes with a good discount. The invitees were varied from students to professionals: designers, artisans, curators, textiles lovers, scholars, government officials, potential donors and curious citizens. In addition, there were a few donations made by the invitees, to help cover the organization of the event. 

 
CCD-NL would like to thank all of those involved in creating, running and participating in this extraordinary event. Finally, our sincere thank you to Erasmus Huis, Dutch embassy Indonesia for their support as well as the Indonesian embassy in Netherlands for their recommendation for us to get a good reduction of ticket price from Garuda Indonesia Airways
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