Hi there, I am trying to source organic fabrics in Bali..preferably Bamboo and have it made into my final product. I am more than happy to have these made through a tailor or similiar business apposed to a factory as I would rather support a family business...so long as it was ethically run and could offer wholesale pricing. I am coming to Bali soon could somebody please help me?????...thankyou.Cheers, Tracy.
Hello Tracy I know of a family here in Bali that make Totally organic COTTON materials They grow the cotton, spin it then weave it using Flowers and Vegetable Dyes for Colours, is this the sort of thing you are looking for ?? I do not know what sizes or widths your looking for ?? But please ask questions and I will try to get answers for you should you wish
Hi Tracey have a look at bali Advertiser ( a two weekly expat Newspaper) I have noticed some ads for Bamboo Linen etc available here in Bali. The stuff I am aware of may more suit Bed Runners etc and maybe compliment your intended range ? I am happy to take you to the Village near Nusa Dua when you come to Bali. I live Jimbaran next to Nusa Dua .
Just as a ball park they sell 2 metres long x almost a metre wide for Rp200,000 about A$20/A$23. to tourists I am sure you can buy cheaper for volume.I will try to get you some photos when next I visit Best wishes Howard
thankyou Howard, I am over in the next 2-4 months. I would love to go to Nusa Dua to see the linen. Thankyou again for your time. I will email you when I have made my booking. You are very kind and so lucky to live in such a beautiful place...2 kids less and I may have done it myself...maybe when they grow up:)
Hey, I just came over this replay! I am looking to buy some organic cotton in Bali and having a hard time to find good material. Your friend that makes cotton sounds interesting, so I was wodnering if you could give me some contact info? Thanks!
The old adage, “what goes around comes around” comes to mind and I find it ironic that while the best kain ever made in Indonesia, (unarguably being the fine batik tulis of Java), they were historically made from cotton imported from the southern US States via the merchants of the Dutch East Indies.
The indigenous cotton of Indonesia simply does not lend itself to the soft silk like quality which is most desired. This accounts for the rather rough texture of tribal textiles such as the famed ikats of Nusa Tenggara and Kalimantan.
Cotton growing on Bali (of any genus of cotton) should be discouraged for a variety of good reasons, none the least of which is that it depletes the land otherwise available for food production and tree harvesting.
As for bamboo, I must admit to being amused how many uses for it (including the building of houses) that have been introduced here from outside influence. Personally, I look to the Balinese and how they have historically used (and presently use) this material, and unless absolutely necessary (for economic reasons) they don’t rely on it for their permanent structures, nor can I imagine many jumping at the chance to buy their sarongs and kabayas made from it, let alone tee shirts and shorts/slacks.
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Hi there, I've never been to Bali but planning a trip very soon : ) My business partner and I are venturing into kids clothing and searching for any organic fabric suppliers (either cotton or bamboo) and also an ethical clothing manufacturer. Bali popped up in mind as the place to go being a start up interested in small scale production. Any help would be awesome! Thanks a ton! Coco
Hi All From my research no bamboo fabric is manufactured in Bali (but I may be wrong) it is imported from China & then made into the final product. There are a couple of supplier in Bali but not manufacturers.
And as I have found you really need to be in Bali to source suppliers & manufacturers.
I'm in batik business more than 10 years and as well as I know there are no bamboo fabric manufactured in Bali. it came from china or just imported in yarn and than be woven at Jepara. but we have made organic fabric from pineapple (leaves) fiber
“I am interested in the family who grows, spins and weaves, using their own plant based dyes?”
The closest you’re going to get to that in Bali is in the Bali Aga village of Tenganan where traditional double ikat, called gerinsing is still made. Keep in mind however that these cloths are excessively expensive.
Throughout all of Indonesia these days it is rare to find any textiles produced with other than imported cotton or silk and using chemical dyes. It’s been that way for quite a long time.
In the Balinese language there is no word for art. I suppose that’s because in one way or another all Balinese are artists and creativity seemingly is in their genes. I often joke with fellow art historian friends back in the states, “if a Balinese gets cut, that isn’t blood you’ll see, rather it’s Grumbacher red oil paint.”
Virtually anywhere you go in Bali you’ll find something going on. In every Balinese compound women prepare offerings each and every day…and each of them is a work of sculptural art. Much like back in the states where one might see a small group of old women sitting around knitting and enjoying the latest gossip, here in Bali you’ll find the same except it’s razor sharp knives in their hands deftly and almost mindlessly cutting away various leaves into elaborate and beautiful offerings, all the while chit chatting away without even looking at what their hands are doing.
All Balinese children are raised with a strong emphasis on art be it performing arts (dance, music or drama) or visual (architecture, painting and sculpture).
Certain areas of Bali are better known for specific arts, for example Batubulan for stone sculpture, Mas for wood carving, Celuk for jewelry, and Ubud for painting, but this artistic pursuits go on all over Bali.
Your best bet once you are here is to hire a private Balinese driver who can take you all over Bali and into the often remote villages rarely seen by tourists.
If you need some excellent recommendations of Balinese drivers that I’ve known for many years, just send me a private message and I’ll gladly respond.
Yup bamboo fabrics are mostly made in China. The quality is very fine and soft. In fact it is so soft that they make ladies undies out of it, as many of you western ladies might know. It's something like a cotton lycra but with tiny knots in it like raw silk. Some of the big underwear brands sell bamboo panties for women. And they don't have splinters.