Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Bali Losing the Thread
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

Bali Losing the Thread

Baliís Endek Weaving Tradition in Danger of Disappearing

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, textiles, weaving, endek, National Handicraft Council for Denpasar, Selly Mantra Dharmawijaya, AA Ngurah A Mayun Konta Tanaya, fakes, Sekar Jepun, Etmy Kustiyah Sukarsa
Click Image to Enlarge

(3/30/2012) reports that the craft of endek-weaving, the traditional woven cloth of Bali, has become an endangered art form due to an inability to successfully pass this highly skilled craft onto future generations.

Bali’s younger generation is more drawn to modern trades, more attracted to working in shops than in spending long-days sitting behind a textile loom.

This declining interest in endek-weaving is occurring at a time when there is a popular resurgence in consumer interest in the unique and colorful cloths woven on Bali. Because of a lack of weavers, however, those ordering endek cloth must often wait for extended periods for orders to be fulfilled.

The owner of the Sekar Jepun Woven Cloth Center, Etmy Kustiyah Sukarsa, said: “We are having difficulties find weaver who are diligent and patient. It’s hard to invite young people today to become weavers. So, we are left to rely on the existing weavers and hope that customers will remain patient while we process their orders.”

Another weaving shop owner, AA Ngurah A Mayun Konta Tanaya, provided a similar assessment. Tanaya, who parents pioneered endek weaving with tens of weavers in Denpasar, has been compelled to close his weaving shops due to a lack of weavers.


In addition to the problem of finding new weavers among Bali’s younger generation, local textile shops face competition from imitation woven items made outside Bali. These “fake” endek pieces are typically machine-woven. Said Etmy: “There’s not much we can do with these false pieces of weaving which is not hand-made or that comes from outside Bali. We believe that those who understand textiles will be able to tell the difference between original Bali textiles and those that are not.”

Etmy is confident that Bali-made hand-woven textiles can compete both in terms of quality and price. A 2.25 meter long piece of endek can cost between Rp. 300,000 (US$33) to Rp. 1 million (US$111).

When a check was made with local tailor shop in Denpasar it was discovered that in order to meet growing demand for Balinese-style garments the shops are being forced to use ‘fake” Bali textiles in order to meet orders. Many of the orders for endek cloths are coming from offices in Denpasar where endek-style clothing is popular for uniforms and office wear.

The chairman of the National Handicraft Council for Denpasar, Selly Mantra Dharmawijaya, admitted that it is difficult to invigorate the textile sector due to the lack of weavers. According to her data, there are only 17 textile weaving centers still in operation in Denpasar as compared to some 200-textile centers in operation in 1980.

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Plaga Wine
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
The Jewel of Baliís North Shore
The Lovina Bali - the Way Luxury in North Bali was Meant to Be
We Get Mail
Readers Respond to Coverage of an Aging Dokar Driver and Express Concerns About Island's Overdevelopment
Two Strikes . . .
Lightning Strike Kills Two Farmers in West Bali
Don't Be Gone in a Flash! Shares Safety Tips for Motorcyclists and Other Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts on What to Do When Lightning Strikes
Optimistic About Baliís Economy in 2016
Bank Indonesia Predicts 6.53% Economic Growth and Inflation of 2.98% for Bali in 2016.
An Official Check Up
9 Foreign Workers Examined in Immigration Inspection of Bali Health Services Provider
Balancing Baliís North and South
BTDC Exploring a Second Nusa Dua Style Complex for North Bali
Playing Possum on the Death Penalty
Indonesian Coordinating Minister Accused of Sending Mixed Signals on Plans for Imminent Executions
Bali Hai Cruises Sailing into the Future
Bali Hai Cruises Awards Contract for Design of a New Day Vessel for their Bali-based Cruise Operation
Love Among Island Republics
TripAdvisor: Singapore Travelers Picking Bali as their Top Holiday Destination for Q1 2016
All Roads do Not Necessarily Lead to Mecca
Bali Rejects Moves to Promote Island as Syariah Tourism Destination
Keeping Things Equal
Garuda Indonesia Charged with Sex Discrimination by its Female Cabin Crew
All [News]!