Reviving an ancient art and creating green jobs in rural areas of Indonesia and the Philippines
Traditional handwoven eco-textiles (HWET) are produced in one third of the provinces in the Philippines and throughout the Indonesian archipelago. In both Indonesia and the Philippines, the industry is dominated by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The textiles, which have a strong cultural value, used to be dyed with natural colourings that are biodegradable, eco-friendly and which stimulate biodiversity. However, due to industrialisation, traditional techniques and materials have been replaced by synthetic threads and dyes. Producers, who are typically poor women from local ethnic groups, face a lack of access to improved production techniques, market information, business networks and micro-financing, and thus are often unable to fulfill the international market demand for quantity, quality and timeliness.
The Hand-Woven Eco-Textiles project promoted the use of natural dyes and sustainable production processes, which led to a 30% increase in the artisans' income.
Download here: Hand-Woven Eco-Textiles Impact Sheet / 4.29 MB (pdf)