2020 • ISSUE NO. 2 . JULY-DEC 2020
RETURNING TO NATURE Grounding ourselves back to the earth
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
IBU PERTIWI KICKANDY SHOW
HANDEP IN LABUAN BAJO
WHAT IS NEW
LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER I hope you are all doing okay in this unsettling time. After a great 2019 where we made a lot of positive impacts and a fantastic first couple of months in 2020, life gave all of us a lemon that we can hardly turn into vodka. For too many of us, 2020 will go down as the worst year in living memory. As we are transitioning to 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be entering the second wave in many corners of the globe. A lot of businesses have collapsed, people are suffering from depression, human connections are changing, and many lost jobs and loved ones. We suddenly need to put our lives on a pause. The COVID-19 outbreak is a nightmare for many, including a small business like Handep. We, however, did not give up, we continue to move forward despite all challenges. Although adapting to the pandemic is no easy task, we did all we can to continue supporting our partner weavers and farmers and all our employees who make things possible. In our continuously collapsing world, radical changes are needed in the way we produce, buy and consume things. So, thank you for being a conscious consumer. Thank you everyone for your continuous support and love to Handep.
By Randi Julian Miranda Founder & CEO Handep
INDEPENDENCE BY RETURNING TO THE MOTHER EARTH
This year, however, such festivity is to be readjusted due to the ongoing pandemic. National news and media kept voicing their concerns, suggesting that we should all celebrate independence this year at home. How can we celebrate differently? Can the sense of togetherness be experienced despite not being able to gather?
Every year in Indonesia, Independence day (August 17th) is a festive day with traditions of gathering, food, games, and celebration that never changes since we were all little. People of different ages flooded the streets of their neighborhood, in the parks or an open field to watch and participate in traditional games such as panjat pinang, balap karung or makan krupuk. It was supposed to be a day spent with a crowd of people, to celebrate our togetherness as a nation.
As independence day coincides with our plan to visit the villages, we decided to celebrate it with the women and the weavers we worked with. We visited our five partner villages: Muara Mea, Baok, Lampeong, Payang, and Tambaba, in Gunung Purei District, North Barito District, Central Kalimantan. Instead of organizing traditional games that involve the cooperation of a group of people, we held a Ratu Mandare or "Queen of Weaving" competition, which would not involve unnecessary crowding.
During the competition, our weavers were told to create their masterpieces within 5 hours. Eventually, the competition is won by Ibu Karlina from Baok Village. The winning and some works are selected to be part of IBU PERTIWI or "MOTHER EARTH" Collection, to be auctioned off at the Membumi (Earthing) Trunkshow event in early September. The IBU PERTIWI collection design is inspired by the classic Dayak woven handbag from the 1950s and comes with a little modern and elegant touch. The masterpieces of Dayak women from the Barito hinterland show the Dayak cultures' beauty, passed down from our ancestors. Each piece is exquisite because it is handmade, unique, and resembles no others.
IBU PERTIWI depicts a cultural manifesto of the Dayak that lives in harmony with nature.
Shouldn't this be the way we celebrate our independence... by freeing ourselves to live in harmony with nature?
Membumi (earthing) means grounding and reconnecting ourselves back to nature
Rungan Sari Meeting Center & Resort, Tangkiling, Central Kalimantan September 5th, 2020
Planting seeds & growing our community
IFW TALES OF THE EQUATOR
KICKANDY SHOW: "MUDA YANG BERDAYA" (YOUNG & EMPOWERED)
This year’s Indonesian Fashion Week (IFW) is titled “Tales of the Equator - Treasure of the Magnificent Borneo.” On October 7th-11th, our founder, Randi J Miranda, had a chance to give a talk as one of the guest speakers. The event went online and was broadcasted on Instagram in November.
It was a great honor for Handep to share a stage with Andy F. Noya at the KickAndy Show last October 25th. On the show, our founder, Randi J Miranda, got the opportunity to share his journey and struggles as a young entrepreneur, coming from a remote village in Kalimantan, attained international education until finally building an sustainable fashion brand to empower local weavers and develop our partner villages. It was beyond our dreams to be invited as a guest speaker at one of the longest-running renowned television talk show in Indonesia. One thing that we learned from this opportunity is there is no harm in dreaming big. In fact, dreaming big is where it all started.
Link to the show https://youtu.be/1MQkAm8S-hY
Whenever we can, we love to be able to share stories about our initiatives. Our goal is to plant seeds wherever we are, so more people could get inspired and follow in our footstep.
Handep delivered a training held by the Ministry of National Education & Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, the National Craft Council (DEKRANASDA), and the Provincial Government of East Nusa Tenggara. In this event, Handep had the opportunity to share experiences and provide training on weaving, product quality control, product photography techniques, and marketing strategies to vocational school students and school dropouts in Labuan Bajo. Not only that we are grateful to be able to share our experiences and skills, we are delighted to share the platform with one of our weavers. In this event we also invited Poppy, one of Handep's young weavers from Muara Mea village to demonstrate her weaving skills. Getting on a plane is a luxury that many people in our village would not even dare to imagine. Being able to share and witness this small yet heart-warming victory only inspires us to drive us forward.
HANDEP in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara
WHAT'S NEW in Handep? CHECK OUT OUR NEW PRODUCTS
We have just updated placemats, coasters, and pillowcases to our home decor collection. As we develop our business and products, we have been thinking a lot about reducing waste from our production process. One of the biggest problems in fashion or any manufacturing business is the waste from the leftover materials of the production process. Our beautiful placemats, coasters, and pillowcases are developed by turning the often unconsidered leftover rattan for practical use. Good design can be created when we start thinking about the possible lives of our waste.
Link to our catalogue: https://linktr.ee/handep
HANDEP X BUMDES
For this collection, we collaborated with Village-owned Enterprise (BUMDES) in some villages in Gunung Purei District, Barito Utara Regency, Central Kalimantan. Each rattan craft from our BUMDES collection comes with the information of where the craft was made (village origin). Each purchase means contributing to the village's economic development, the welfare of indigenous women weavers, and small scale farmers in rural Central Kalimantan.
CHRISTMAS MINI COLLECTION
Beautiful rattan bags with nuances of red to celebrate the festivity of Christmas this year. This collection is developed by limiting the use of nonrattan materials as our ever-growing commitment to sustainable and responsible fashion. Bags from this collection are inspired by traditional Dayak baskets used for harvesting rice, which usually occurs in the month of December.
RATTAN FOR THE WORLD
As part of our commitment to give back to our community and the Earth, we are doing a treeplanting campaign. For every purchase of our premium UWEI bag, one tree will be planted on the area of the villages that we work with in February 2021.
We believe that when women are empowered, many great things happens. That is why we are super excited to be working with Persit Kartika Chandra Kirana in building and improving the capacity of its members and general public. We are going to be giving them a full week training on how to start a small business in crafts, and what other aspects are required in order for it to grow.
HANDOVER RATTAN SPLIT MACHINE
After our long research and discussion on improving the quality and the efficiency of our weavers, we decided to invest on a rattan split machine. This machine is used to split raw rattan into rattan strands that are almost ready to be weaved by our partner weavers. The new machine will be very helpful for the process so that our women can navigate their wonderful skills and creativity solely on weaving intricate patterns and forms.
There will be also a workshop on designing a product, to which we will use rattan as the main material, joined by our partner tailors from Bali and Palangka Raya. There's no greater experience than directly learning from the experts, don't you think so? Stay tuned for further info.
MORE WEAVERS MORE POWER
We are so excited that we will be joined by approximately 50 new weavers from Benangin village. On our next trip to the village, we will be making new friends with these women who decided to join Handep. We feel so grateful because not only that this will be an opportunity to have more power in the production, but also a proof that we are building greater trust in the villages that we work with. It has been Handep’s greater vision to have more impact on more villages as a model of a more equitable, sustainable and ethical economic development.
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