Empowering women weaving communities in South-East Asia

Iban weavers of Rumah Gare, preparing their threads for the Ngar ritual where they mordant their threads before weaving. Photo: Tenun Fashion Week

Even though there are many talented women handweavers from marginalised communities in Malaysia as well as throughout South-East Asia, many of them don’t have the avenue to market their handwoven textiles, says social enterprise Tanoti director Jacqueline Fong.

It is with this in mind that the inaugural Tenun Fashion Week (Tenun) was launched in a virtual event in October this year and culminates in a runway show in Kuching, Sarawak, on Friday (Dec 3).

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