Threads of Life is a fair trade business that uses culture and conservation to aleviate poverty in rural Indonesia by working with local weaving cooperatives to revive their techniques and tradition that are in danger of disappearing. Textiles have blayed an integral part in the social, spiritual, and economic lives of the people of Indonesia for more than 2,000 years and each Islands culture has its only traditional ORIGINS.
They also work to support the conservation of the natural dye process along with conservation of the environment and sustainable forest management. Indonesian textiles are some of my favorite textiles because of their techniques with ikat and natural dyes, and the repetitive imagery and bright colors.
Ideas for Lessons:
– exploring ways of making meaning in cloth for different cultures/civilizations ( stamping personal stories onto cloth)
– exploring the use of natural dyes ( the importance of maintaining a sustainable planet)
– practicing team work & the dedication to creating an object (creating a large scale collaborative weaving on a vertical loom over the course of a few weeks? could use traditional materials such as thread or found materials/thinking about how it relates to your everyday environment)