Events in 2020

Ikat Platform Launch: Binding cultures in times of crisis

On 2 July 2020 we launched our online Ikat Platform!


The online event was led by the Japanese Kasuri artisan Kyozo Shimogawa, the Indonesian Ikat artisan Selviana Boi Dao, and the Dutch textile desginer & future heritage expert Nikkie Wester.


For the opening of the webinar, we had a dance performance of Wahana Budaya Nusantara, with their dancers F. Aida Marfuaty, Annisa Andhini & Alya Kuntjoro (Aida, Andhini & Alya. This dance group performed a Tifa dance, a dance in which people dance with a tifa in their hand. The movements are a combination of the NTT culture, so very energetic and fast accompanied by the drum.


For the launch of our Binding with Ikat Platform, we invited artisans from around the world: Kyozo Shimogawa, Selviana Boi Dao, and Nikkie Wester. Two dance groups Wahana Budaya Nusantara and Dwibhumi Balinese Dance & Culture performed as well. The event was closed by a Q&A session.

The event was held in English with translations available in Dutch, Indonesian and Japanese.

You can watch the platform launch here.

Webinar series- Heritage in Design: How design keep legacies alive

In September 2020 we started a series of webinars and workshops with the aim to build a connection between the Ikat artisans, designers and buyers through our Ikat platform. This platform is a place of knowledge and experience sharing, as well as an opportunity for the artisans to market their products.

On 3 September 2020 we organized a webinar featuring Wahor Hadomi, a weaving group headed by Selviana Boi Dao in Kabuna village, Belu, NTT, Indonesia. 

Due to COVID-19, this webinar took place online.

The event started with CCD-NL’s Director Yetty van der Made Haning who shared the goals of the webinar and how CCD-NL connects the artisans to exchange knowledge and revive cultural heritage across countries.

Dutch designer Nikkie Wester shared her thoughts as a future heritage specialist.
The webinar included a traditional Indonesian dance – Merak Dance. The choreography of this dance represents the beauty and the movements of the Green Peafowl – a peacock native to the region of West Java, Indonesia. Carefully crafted costumes remind of the bird – iridescent colors dominate with a distinctive accent of a peacock, delicate dress wings depict the motifs of the majestic peacocks’ tail; finally, the costume is complemented with the detailed feather crown. Worn by graceful dancers, costumes come to life imitating the movements of the bird – peacock feathers blended with the classical movement of the Sundanese dance bring you to the wilderness of West Java. 

You can watch the webinar here.

Webinar - Design Methods: Working from Personal Fascinations

On 29 October 2020 we held the “Design Methods: Working from Personal Fascinations” online webinar. The webinar was a part of the webinar series held by CCD-NL.

Presenter of this second webinar was CCD-NL’s adviser Julita Oetojo who introduced Indonesian artisans taking part in the webinar.

The event started with an opening dance “Sekar Panggung Jaipongan” and an opening remarks by the Director of CCD-NL Yetty van der Made-Haning who took part in an engaging discussion in the form of a “talk show” about the Ikat platform aims and goals Esther Muñoz Grootveld, Laura Luchtman from De Wasserij, a creative hub for innovative fashion professionals in the Netherlands, and Lidewij van Twillert, a Rotterdam-based design engineer working in the field of products, fashion, and graphic design.

Nikkie Wester, a designer and a future heritage specialist from the Netherlands, shared and talked about how redesigning and collaborating can help preserve heritage from across the world. Nikkie also collaborated with a few Indonesian artisans: Marsha and Asmawet Fattu from Rote-Ndao, Ibu Selviana Boi Dao from Belu, and Syariat Tolle from Alor.

Rote-Ndao has strong history with the Dutch through VOC and colony. The influence of the Dutch on Rote-Ndao Ikat seen in the Ikat motifs that dominated with cross and candles that brought by Dutch missionaries made the island is the only place/island in Indonesia predominantly Christians.

Belu Ikat artisan, Ibu Selviana Boi Dao, took part in the webinar as well. She told the story of her passion to weave Ikat and the challenge she and her group facing during the dry season and pandemic time.

Our webinar closed with a beautiful dance called “Kembang Gadung” perfomed by Herlin and Anna, and a closing remarks by Julita Oetojo.

You can watch the webinar here

Webinar - The Historical Journey of Japanese Kasuri

CCD NL organized and hosted a webinar series which we hope is a stepping stone for future works concerning Japanese Kasuri textile art and tradition. Our webinar series features a variety of speakers, including Kasuri artisans, scholars, designers, who, together, provide us with deeper insights into the history, production, and sustainable future of Kasuri.

The first webinar of this Kasuri series was the webinar “The Historical Journey of Japanese Kasuri” which took place online on 26 November 2020.

The focus of the event was the beautiful craft of Japanese Kasuri, weaving and textiles that have stood the test of time, travelled overseas, and are now on your screen!

Each instalment of this serial will take you further into the world of this traditional Japanese textile art. Part 1 of the series, The Historical Journey of Japanese Kasuri, focused on the origins of Kasuri and geographical characteristics of the textiles as well as highlight the cultural connections between the Netherlands and Japan have made through Kasuri.

The main speaker of the webinar was Kyozo Shimogawa, a 3rd generation Kasuri manufacturer from Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. He is the owner of the company Shimogawa Orimono (Shimogawa Textiles) and has been crafting Kurume Kasuri for 26 years. Having profound knowledge about the field, he shared his insight about the tradition, innovation and future challenges for Kurume Kasuri.

A short roundtable session between Mr. Shimogawa, Ms. Madoka Koga, a Kasuri designer, and Ms. Nozomi Kanehara, a Kasuri enthusiast, also took place. Finally, Ms. Laura Luchtman, a Dutch designer from Kukka Studio shared her experience of traveling to Japan and learning about textiles.

You can watch the webinar here.

Webinar - The Journey of Indian Ikat Textile

Our last event for 2020 was the webinar “The journey of Indian Ikat textile” which took place online on 7 December 2020.

The webinar was our first event specifically focused on Indian Ikat. During the webinar we traced the unique journey of Indian Ikat textiles- from Patola, Geetagovinda and Telia Rumal to contemporary Textiles.

Speaker of the event was Jolijn Fiddelears, a successful Dutch textile designer with a social-impact business focussing on handmade goods from India, and Indian textile designer Pankaja Sethi.

During the webinar, she shared the story behind her engagement with textile heritage, her work with Indian artisans and her experience with the global market.

The program of the event included individual presentation by Ms. Sethi, who shared her knowledge and experience she gathered as a textile designer and researcher during her studies in Odisha.

The Indian Ikat webinar series project was created in order to form cultural exchange between the Netherlands and India and indeed all other cultures that share Ikat traditions, such as Indonesia, Mallorca, and Japan. The series aims to be a foundational step for the preservation of Ikat tradition in India, which became cultural marker of the country’s identity. Throughout the series, artisans and designers will be able to inform audiences of their work’s history, share their knowledge and experience, as well as expand the market for their products.

You can watch the webinar here.

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