Tenun Fashion Week Starts Tonight

Maybank Foundation collaborates with ASEAN’s Ahpada, and Tanoti to host 3-day fashion week in Malaysia.

Tenun Fashion Week Showcasing Handwoven Textiles. Music Press Asia

Rumah Rakuji with Tunas Mekar Batubara from Indonesia. – Pic courtesy of Ahpada.

The future of handwoven textiles and its tradition is in your hands. In a bid to preserve Southeast Asia’s technical prowess of handweaves, TENUN presents its very first Fashion Week set to take place from 15-17 October 2021.

Exquisite fabrics are no longer the enjoyment of royal courts. For the next three days, Maybank Foundation is hosting Tenun Fashion Week. And partners with ASEAN’s Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA) and Tanoti, a Malaysian accredited social enterprise dedicated towards heritage craft preservation.

The event introduces the weaver community profiles and behind-the-scenes footage of the productions. Highlighting 45 participating weaving communities from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia. Color Silk (Cambodia), Kei Khmer Textile Community (Phnom Penh), and ASPPUK (West Sumatra) are just some of its participants.

Tenun’s live fashion (subject to allowable COVID-19 protocols) will be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia as part to a proposed international event in eco-fiber and textiles.

The 3-day event will also bring together a host of speakers to discuss Innovations and Preservations. Featuring delegates from Philippine Textile Research Institute, Ubon Ratchathani University, World Crafts Council and more. Master Weaver – Bangie Anak Embol – will speak on the final day on 17 October 2021.

 L-R: The organising committee of the inaugural Tenun Fashion Week, which will be screened online from October 15 to 17. Edric Ong, honorary president, Asean handicraft promotion and development association (Ahpada); Jacqueline Fong, director, Tanoti; and Elaine Chan, honorary secretary-general, Ahpada. – Pic courtesy of Ahpada

The Tenun Fashion Week project is also expected to receive financial support from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak.

The event aims to bolster ASEAN’s Strategic Plan on Culture and Arts 2016-2025. Celebrating the ways of life and means of livelihood from rural communities as part of its intercultural contact and collaborations.

Live showcase and shows begins at 7pm (MYT) on 15 October. Watch on YouTube or Facebook.

Above: Alena Murang announced her collaboration with Tenun Fashion Week today on her IF post.

For more information about the event and its full programme, please visit Tenun Fashion Week official website here.

Maybank Foundation, a corporate foundation accredited by ASEAN, is the main supporter of Tenun Fashion Week. Maybank Women Eco-Weavers supports women weavers who receive access to training, capacity-building and microfinance, which helps them and their families to become economically independent.

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