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Plans to revive & globalise traditional weaving art
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Apr '09
Endek (weft ikat) is a method of cloth weaving prominently practiced in Bali. It is also called weft ikat since, it is the weft thread that is dyed to create designs, patterns and images when woven with the warp yarn and was worn on ceremonial occasions only by the nobility.

In the past it was woven in a few regions like Klunkung, Nusa Penida and Singaraja only in the province of Bali, but now it is produced across the island of Bali and now it is used in a wide range of products like curtains, bed-sheets, clothing and handicraft items.

The Denpasar Municipal Administration is going all out to promote the craft of the local area which is different and stands out for its originality. The Denpasar endek has also received an intellectual property rights to safeguard designs of the local produced fabric.

But only a few craftsmen are now surviving on the endek trade which has been pushed in to a corner due to lack of marketing skills and credit and shortage of traditional weavers and these few weavers are unable to fulfill large volumes of orders.

It is a fabric which has been woven on handlooms since centuries and still continuing, but, unfortunately only a handful of old women weavers are keeping this traditional art alive, with no signs of the younger generation willing to join the trade.

The Denpasar administration is planning to popularize the endek fabric at global levels in a bid to revive the dying art.

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