UNESCO Lombok Field Assessment 2019
The UNESCO funded the project “The Damages and Needs of Traditional Weavers in Earthquake-Affected Areas in Lombok”, which points to the crucial social, cultural, economic and technical aspects of the basic relation between man (weaving communities, government, business and civil society) and art (tenun).
Following sustainability principles, including preservation of tenun, motif digitalization, product development, regeneration, marketing strategies, as well as knowledge management, the objectives of the project provide immediate support for the recovery and restoration. The organization has selected traditional weaving communities in Bayan (North) and Pringgasela (East) Lombok in order to implement the project, by enabling them to return to their source of livelihoods and regain a sense of normalcy.
After succeeding in facilitating the needs assessment in last January 2019, RedR Indonesia continued with assisting UNESCO in delivering technical assistance to selected weaving communities by applying community-based participatory approach. Various technical assistance such as provision of weaving equipment, interior design, social media training, IT needs assessment, construction of natural dyeing workshops has been delivered to Kelompok Nina Penenun (KNP), Sanggar Tenun Jajaq Bayan (STJB) and Fetung Bayan (FB) progressively.
The technical assistance which is implemented from February to April 2019 served as an immediate and effective intervention which allowed the weaving communities to resume their activity. Monitoring and evaluation of the project activities have also been conducted regularly.
From this project, the UNESCO and RedR team have had the opportunity to learn that community engagement is key for sustainability and efectiveness; the project is taking the weaving communities as stakeholders, instead of mere recipients. Due to the communities’ strong participation, the organizations could involve them during the needs assessments, which increased the sense of local ownership.
The initial intervention has allowed the weaving communities (KNP, STJB, and FB) to resume their weaving activities and to increase their production gradually. Some new products have also been introduced such as watchbands, long blazer, etc., which shows that there is an increasing product diversification to respond the market’s needs.
Due to communities’ participation, as well as the positive reception from the provincial authorities, this project is being successfully implemented and achieving its initial goals. The UNESCO and RedR Indonesia team are seeking to implement the project’s next phase of intervention which intends to incorporate the build back better principles, focusing in motif digitalization, product development and marketing.