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Ikats and ikat weaving from Kalimantan/Borneo, 12-24 August 2017

Craftswoman from Sintang Regency, Kalimantan, Indonesia, working on her loom making ikat cloth.

Craftswoman from Sintang Regency, Kalimantan, Indonesia, working on her loom making ikat cloth.

The Textile Research Centre (TRC Leiden) is very proud to announce a visit by craftswomen from Kalimantan/Borneo, Indonesia, between 12 and 24 August 2017. The artists come from the Sintang Regency (Kabupaten Raya), West Kalimantan. At the TRC they will mount a small exhibition of their local traditional products, and organise a series of workshops on the dyeing of the threads and the weaving of the traditional ikat cloths from their region, and give other workshops on traditional basketry weaving and cotton spinning.

As usual with TRC workshops, the instruction is interactive and participants are encouraged to try out the different techniques themselves. Instruction will be in Dutch, and in English if required. Since the number of participants has to be limited, most workshops are being repeated during the programme.

TRC will be open during the weekends of 12-13 and 19-20 August between 11.00 and 16.00, and as normal from Monday to Thursday between 10.00 and 17.00. 

All workshops will be given at the TRC, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden. Maximum number of participants per workshop is ten. Registration in advance is therefore required. Please email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   and indicate which workshops you want to attend. Fees for the workshops amount to 25 euros, to be paid on the day. Visiting the exhibition between 12th and 24th August and the two Wednesday sessions are free of charge.


  • Saturday 12th, 13.00- 16.00: Workshop ikat binding and dyeing
  • Sunday 13th, 13.00 - 16.00: Workshop ikat weaving
  • Tuesday 15th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop basketry weaving
  • Wednesday 16th, 14.00 - 16.00: Introducing Indonesian ikats (free) 
  • Thursday 17th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop cotton spinning
  • Saturday 19th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop ikat binding and dyeing
  • Sunday 20th, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop ikat weaving
  • Tuesday 22nd, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop cotton spinning
  • Wednesday 23rd, 12.00 - 15.00: Workshop basketry weaving
  • Thursday 24th, 14.00 - 16.00: Introducing world-wide ikats (free)


TRC in a nutshell

Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428

Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment.

Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59

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Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !

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Financial gifts

The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
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