Our first barkcloth edition was a collaborative collection that expressed through the work of art by indigenous artisans from two places: Bada Valley in Poso Region and Kulawi Valley in Sigi Region -- both are two of four guardian valleys encircling the Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi.
Ina Iya was one of barkcloth artisans in Kulawi Valley whom we worked with at the beginning of our journey. For us, a visit to her home is like a visit to a magical time tunnel. We would be welcomed by her flawless charm, stories on transcendental moments in her past, and of course... the inexplicably timeless treasure, the barkcloth itself.
Though her passion in her cultural heritage is eternal, recently she has been reducing her worktime in making barkcloth due to her health condition. It is unfortunate that in her village, there are only a couple of barkcloth artisans remained and all of them are elderlies.
This is one of the key reasons why we are so willingly working on the barkcloth-making culture and tradition revival. Unless we safeguard and sustain our cultural heritage, it will only remain as a history that once was celebrated.
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