THE TUN TUGAH FOUNDATION
The Tun Jugah Foundation Weaving Community comprises of an accomplished, experienced team of instructors in Kuching, led by a fourth generation senior weaver from the family of Tun Jugah. The Foundation’s affiliated weavers are from several longhouses along the Batang Balleh, as well as within Kapit’s vicinity of Sungai Amang and Sungai Sesibau. Highly skilled and seasoned, they have been commissioned weaving projects all these years by the Foundation since the early 1990s, ongoing producing intricate pua kumbu in the traditional way.
The Tun Jugah Foundation Tenun Fashion Week Olah Idup Collection was conceptualised to highlight the various Iban weaving techniques that are taught at the Tun Jugah Foundation. First and foremost, the ikat tie-dye resist technique to produce warped-pattern fabrics or textiles.
The second method is the Iban sungkit, a supplementary weft-wrapping technique to create the patterns or motif using coloured threads on a plain warp/weave.
The third method is the anyam or karap, a supplementary weft-weave technique where the design is created and determined by the heddles, using gold or silver threads on plain warp/weave.
The fourth method is the tenun leka marik, a technique where beads are woven onto the warp to form the patterns. The warp can be of a plain weave or a warp with ikat patterns.
The last method is basic plain weaving, using a combination of coloured threads to produce fabric or textile. All five techniques are taught on Iban backstrap loom.
The Tun Jugah Foundation Tenun Fashion Week Olah Idup Collection focuses along a contemporary tangent to highlight on how one may weave and wear their wardrobe in today’s current lifestyle whilst respecting traditional methods and its customs.
Iban traditional based contemporary accessories complementing the outfits are also produced and taught at the Foundation. The mini and oversized tangu or marik empang (beads collar), paperbeads necklace, ikat sash with beads, ikat clutches, wrap-around woven belts, belts and chains made using igi peria metal based filigrees resembling gourd seeds. And lastly, the baju marik – upper Batang Rajang’s unique beads dress.