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Indonesian tenun weaver shows how at expo

Wearing a happy face and both her hands busy at tenun (woven cloths) weaving Juwita Toya, 41, was proud to be at the inaugural National Women’s Expo. The Indonesian Embassy
10 Aug 2014 09:12

Juwita Toya of Indonesia weaves a tenun (traditional sulu) while visitors to the expo look on. Photo: Alfonsa Wayap

Wearing a happy face and both her hands busy at tenun (woven cloths) weaving Juwita Toya, 41, was proud to be at the inaugural National Women’s Expo.
The Indonesian Embassy in Fiji’s coordinator and translator at the expo, Timaima Rayawa said Ms Toya started weaving tenun when she was six years old.
“She is the fourth generation to make tenun and she does not use any chemical or machines and it is all handwork,” Ms Rayawa said.
She said Ms Toya’s came to show Fijians how she made tenun and she was quite impressed with the women of Fiji and the talents they had.
“Ms Toya believes this will give women the opportunity to learn new skills and revive a declining cultural tradition.”
Ms Rayawa said it took her more than seven months to one year to make shawls.
“Ms Toya uses cotton thread and she uses sea water in which she soaks the taro leaves until she gets the colour she wants.”
She said the advice she gave was not to take things for granted and make use of the natural resources around.
“Ms Toya strongly believes that women can achieve anything they want if they have the heart for it.”
Zafiya Shamim




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