In addition to working with weaving communities across Indonesia one of Thread of Life’s ambitions is to bring Indonesian natural dye and weaving traditions to the rest of the world. In 2017 Threads of Life launched a series of 5-12 day residential workshops that allow beginners to practising textiles artists the chance to learn from the Threads of Life team at their custom dye studio at the Umajati Retreat. Nestled in the rice fields outside Ubud, participants stay in 100 year-old joglo wooden houses that are flawlessly decorated with weaving and fabric from the weaving communities across Indonesia.
Umajati Retreat is also home to the Bebali Foundation’s dye garden––a place where participants can learn about the cultivation and harvesting methods for different dye plants. The mix of the workshops, the authentic joglos and Umajati’s surrounds make this a perfect retreat for creative minds who are eager to learn more about Indonesia’s rich textile history.
The workshop are hosted by Threads of Life founders, Jean Howe and William Ingram, and are led by Threads of Life’s staff who bring a combined 35 years of experience to the teaching of these workshops. If you’re interested, come join their Creative Cultures workshop this September.
Creative Cultures –
A 7-day workshop discovering Bali’s creative traditions.
3-10 September 2017
Over eight days you will explore the roots of Balinese culture through hands-on workshops that delve into the resilience of Bali’s unique arts, crafts and ritual practises. Guided by members of the Threads of Life team, the retreat draws its insights from two decades of fieldwork helping indigenous communities across Indonesia maintain their cultural heritage.
The week’s journey includes a full-day class in batik and natural dyes, half-days of bamboo basket making, Balinese cooking, introductory classes in gamelan music and offering making. Participants will also experience two walking tours through the rice paddies and to village temples, a demonstration on the myriad of uses of the coconut tree, and a lecture on the cultural history of the archipelago as seen through the textile arts.
This retreat is inspired by an ancient archipelago-wide philosophy that in Bali is articulated as Tri Hita Karana, or the Three Causes of Happiness. The three inter-related causes are the maintaining of harmony amongst people, harmony with the divine, and harmony between people and nature. In practice, this philosophy is expressed through the island’s community life, through ritual practice, and through material culture; with the material culture offering this retreat its gateway to understanding.
PM – Arrival at Umajati Retreat | Group introductions and retreat program introduction | Group dinner at Umajati*
AM – Breakfast | ‘100 Uses of the Coconut’ lecture | Offering making class* | Elements of Balinese prayers and how to use ceremonial dress*
PM – Lunch | Walking tour to local temples | Free for dinner in Ubud
AM – Breakfast | Textile History lecture at Threads of Life*
PM – Lunch | Gamelan music practice | Dinner | Semarah Ratih dance performance
AM – Breakfast | Natural dye batik workshop*
PM – Lunch | Natural dye batik workshop | Free for dinner in Ubud
AM – Breakfast | Basket making workshop*
PM – Lunch | Optional: continue basket making, visit to Mask Museum, or massage | Free for dinner in Ubud
AM – Breakfast | Rice fields and traditional medicinal plants walk*
PM – Lunch | Free afternoon | Dinner | Kecak dance performance
AM – Breakfast | Balinese cooking class and jamu herbal medicine making*
PM – Lunch | Free afternoon | Group Dinner at Moksa restaurant
AM – Breakfast
Noon – Check-out and departure
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