Indonesia & Switzerland, Tenun Ikat Sikka GI, Wenda Kapa Wuan Shawl
Come to life this spring and summer with this one of a kind piece. Dress it up or enjoy the sunshine on it. Bring the positive energy of nature in the traditional symbols captured on this almost entirely hand-made piece, using natural dyes and with love.
Motif: Wenda means motif, Kapa means cotton and Wuan means ower or fruit that blooms. Wenda Kapa Wuan’s motifs contain the meaning of the beauty of a fragrant blooming cotton ower. This fabric is worn by mature girls and is believed to be a symbol of maturity.
The weavers from Sikka create unique fabrics whose motifs reect a certain symbolism. They live in harmony with nature - the patterns and dyeing of the fabrics are characterised from the ora and fauna of their diverse island. They extract the dyes by hand from the plants and fruits locally and dye the threads in the tie-dye process. Black, for example, is obtained out of indigo leaves and red out of noni fruits.
Ikat from Sikka contains a wealth of history, culture and passion for artisanal art: unique pieces instead of fast-moving mass- produced goods. The production is an elaborate centuries-old process. Ikat fabrics are not dyed or printed with industrial printing techniques, but by hand.
The weaving begins with a pattern that is created in the mind and transferred to the fabric by hand. The threads are knotted, dyed with natural substances and printed on a piece of fabric - this is how a work of art is created in a time-consuming and passionate process.
It is amazing how the centuries-old technique of this weaving method is passed down from generation to generation. Thanks to the cooperation between the Indonesian government and the ISIP (Indonesian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project), the ikat artistic handicraft in Sikka can be carried on in the traditional style for the long term.
With your purchase, you can also contribute to the survival of textile arts and crafts in Sikka.
Measures: 180x90 cm
Quality: Cotton S13
Motif: Wenda Kapa Wuan, Half-full motif, color combination
Naturally dyed colors
Production time: 6 - 8 weeks
Stock: made by order