RUMAH RAKUJI, WITH TUNAS MEKAR BATUBURA
The weaving community of Tunas Mekar Batubura in the village of Tanjung Isuy, East Kalimantan are from the Dayak Benuaq ethnic group. Their traditional handwoven textiles are known as ulap doyo, produced using doyo fibre from Curculigo latifolia leaves. The community preserves and perpetuates this craft from fiber harvesting and producing the yarn to the usage of natural dyes, through to the weaving process. Rumah Rakuji has been a consistent partner to the community, introducing innovative approaches to this textile. This collection, designed by Emmy Thee, showcases a contemporary take on this traditional yet versatile fabric.