Edric Ong combines a touch of the traditional with the contemporary; innovating styles with creative use of hand-woven silks and cottons. Each of his textiles are thoughtfully designed. They are hand-woven, hand-painted, or hand-printed with natural colors derived from roots, bark, leaves and fruit-peels from the rainforests. He draws his inspiration from the diverse ethnic culture of Malaysia, and is very much at the forefront of promoting the unique Iban ‘Pua Kumbu’ ikat textiles. Edric Ong creations have won the UNESCO and World Crafts Council Award of Excellence, and are now much sought after by fashionable people internationally. The textiles were also given the prestigious Japanese “G” mark awards by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO). Edric is constantly exploring new textile techniques to and innovating within his design process. Recently, he has worked with direct stamping of Sarawak indigo leaves and squirrel foot ferns onto shibori silk jackets, and has invented new expressions like ‘shiborikat’(shibori and ikat) and ‘batikat’ (batik and ikat).
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