Pick-up from your hotel in Kuching and transfer to Tanoti. Tanoti is a community of women weavers dedicated towards the preservation of the heritage craft of songket weaving. Songket is a brocaded fabric which is hand-woven in silk or cotton, and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads. It originates from Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei and is traditionally worn during festivities and celebrations such as weddings. The women of Tanoti strive to ensure that songket survives as a symbol of their heritage, culture and identity. All their pieces are produced by hand using the ancient technique of songket or supplementary weft weaving by the artisans at Tanoti in Kuching.
Upon arrival you will be given a briefing on Tanoti and the story of songket, before proceeding on a short tour of the workshop. Everything here is hand-made in the traditional way: from dyeing the silk thread and coiling it on a spool, to pre-setting the design for the fabric on the loom, as well as the actual weaving process.
After the tour of the workshop you will be allocated a loom to learn and thereafter design and hand-weave a simple piece of songket fabric. The design may be one of Tanoti's designs or you may also provide your own design beforehand. Spend a day with the artisans of Tanoti and create your own hand-woven souvenir to bring back home!
A simple local lunch together with the women of Tanoti is included.