Revitalization of resist stitch dyeing technique in Indonesian cloth

Bintan Titisari, University of Leeds

sasirangan cloth

Resist stitch dyeing - a surface textile technique - has been used since prehistoric times in some areas of Indonesia to produce traditional cloth such as Tritik cloth in East Java, Sasirangan cloth in West Kalimantan, and Pelangi cloth in West Sumatra. The cloths were traditionally produced for religious ceremonies and rituals, but have recently become commodities, produced for sale.

With great versatility and control possible, resist stitch dyeing has the potential to be further developed in terms of technique, production method, and design. The focus of this research is to revitalize the technique among the community of Indonesian craft-makers, concentrating on social, cultural, and economic sustainability using appropriate technology.