The people of Sikka, Flores-Indonesia

We are the Tenun Ikat Sikka Weaver Association. It was established in November 2014 with the vision of a prosperous society that resulted in the sustainable practice of Ikat from Sikka.

Our mission is to make the weaving of Ikat from Sikka a source of sustainable livelihood by providing services for weavers and business actors. The weaver association was initiated by our own community. Especially the weaving groups/studios aimed to protect Tenun Ikat Sikka products from motifs and name plagiarism by factory-made products that are not original Ikat from Sikka.

With the support of the government and the Indonesian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project – ISIP and accompanied by the Sahabat Cipta Foundationour weaver association was formed and the “Tenun Ikat Sikka” was proposed to obtain legal protection.

Women in Ikat Sikka Weaving process
Tenun Ikat Sikka Market Place, Feb. 2019

Our Purpose

Our association aims to conserve the Tenun Ikat Sikka Geographical Indication (GI) to develop and to provide joint learning and help with product promotion so that Tenun Ikat Sikka remains sustainable. Meanwhile to increase market access which will lead to the increase of the economic opportunities for weaver families in the Sikka Regency.

Our Function

As the organization for the producers and the management of Tenun Ikat Sikka (GI) we have various functions, namely:

Uniting the business actors in the value chain quality assurance.

Managing the quality and specific characteristics of the Tenun Ikat Sikka (GI) goods and/or products, checking and providing Tenun Ikat Sikka (GI) label promotion in the media.

Promoting and maintaining the branding of Tenun Ikat Sikka (GI) products and developing markets at national and international levels.

promoting tourism in the Sikka Regency.

Information centre and database.

Providing education to the general public regarding the philosophy, the process and history, the weaver data, the motifs, including the market data for Tenun Ikat Sikka.

Maintaining sustainability and undertaking weavers regeneration efforts.

Building and establishing partnerships with all relevant stakeholders, such as the governments (Regional, Provincial and National) and parties interested in developing our ikat weaving practice.

Learning medium. Fostering members and sharing knowledge for all stakeholders.

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Be a member of our Association

There are three membership types at our association:

Ordinary Members

Ordinary Members are members of groups of craftsmen or producers consist of weavers, Ikat Weaving processors, weaving experts, and weaving business actors who meet the following requirements:

  • The groups must registered in the villages or districts of the Sikka Regency .
  • The groups must have at least 5 people with a Management structure.

Extraordinary Members

Extraordinary Members are non-weavers or non–GI producers but are involved in the value chain of Ikat from Sikka both as sellers, marketers, or weaving service providers domiciled in Sikka Regency.

Honorary Members

Honorary Members are members who are considered by the Association to have:
a) shown brillant work or a significant contribution in developing Tenun Ikat Sikka (GI) or
b) helps the progress of the Association.