Tie-dye apparel, handbags and fashion accessories in Bali and Java
"In any kind of art, I believe we must start with love, do things wholeheartedly and watch the miracles happen.""In any kind of art, I believe we must start with love, do things wholeheartedly and watch the miracles happen. Because this was what happened to me. Loving what we do makes every work meaningful, and the result will be unpredictable and make us happy.
"I'm Indira Cestra Soerojo. I was born in West Java in 1970. My parents always taught me about discipline and self-sufficiency. Because of this, I do everything by myself. My parents also taught me to be creative, help others and be quick to adapt to the conditions we are in.
"My first work was with candles in Bali in 2004. But the situation was still affected by Bali's bomb tragedy and so I decided to connect artisans of all kinds with buyers in Bali and Jogjakarta. In 2008, I went into graphic design. Then in 2013, I helped a NGO put together an exhibition of batik and patchwork. As a result, I decided to create an art community that focus on textiles, and we currently have around 50 members.
"We use tie-dye technique, which can involve folding, tying and stitching to create patterns on fabric when it is dyed. I also do batik. Basically, I am a designer and it is the artists who bring my ideas to life. I'm teaching the art to women in my neighborhood so that they can develop their talents and, in the future, be more self-sufficient.
"After creating the motifs, we transform the fabrics into fashion accessories like handbags, fans and scarves. Because we use an artisanal dyeing process, our designs are different and unique."