From West Borneo to your bedroom, wardrobe or straight onto your baby’s feet, The People’s Fabric is empowering Indonesian women with every product sold.
Ethically sourced, hand-dyed and hand-crafted with impeccable skill, these talented indigenous artisan women create beautiful ikat fabric with one-of-a-kind patterns that bring to life the age-old tradition of their people.
The current collection consists of bags, cushions and throws, as well baby slippers made from ikat and leather. Every piece arrives accompanied by a Weaver Profile, a story of a life, the artisan in action and the meaning behind the motifs in your piece.
The founder, Ali Capp, has an enduring passion for the Indonesian culture that drove her to create The People’s Fabric, being introduced to the world of ikat weaving after having worked in Timor-Leste in 2011.
The People’s Fabric supports ethical trade by obtaining their handwoven fabrics from a women’s weaving cooperative in West Borneo and strives to be zero waste by using all ikat remnants, and ensuring all cushion inserts are made from 100% PET fibre derived from recycled plastic bottles.
Working in close collaboration with local not-for-profit Planet Indonesia, the weaving cooperative’s profits from product sales are channelled into communal savings groups for cooperative members, which help them to plan for the children’s education and family healthcare and build their own businesses. This also enables them to say no to engaging in destructive local industries such as palm oil, animal trafficking and logging, which have a devastating effect on the environment and their community.