Embracing Change, Honoring Traditions

5 – 8 November 2019

Yogyakarta – Indonesia


Introduction to ATTS

The 1st ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium was held at the ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta on December 6, 2005. The call of this international gathering was to address the economic challenges for textile artisans in today’s globalization era, seen in a steep decline of handmade traditional textiles and a rising tendency towards cheaper and lower quality products. The symposium raised two important points:  the significant roles of traditional textiles as both functional and symbolic items in Southeast Asia and the need for an effective economic framework for artisans to cope with the 21st-century dilemmas.

The 2005 symposium led to a coalition of ten ASEAN member nations and many textile experts, committed to protect the survival of traditional textiles. This cultural alliance gave rise to the collaborations between the Jakarta-based association of Wastraprema and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (2009), the Terengganu Institute of Design Excellence, Malaysia (2011), the Museum of Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups, Nguyen city (2013), the Payap University, Chiangmai Thailand (2015), and the Brunei Darussalam University (2017). Since its first gathering in 2005, ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium is held biannually to tackle the issues of preservation of traditional textiles arts.


ATTS 7 Objectives

Following the path of the past symposiums, the upcoming ATTS 7 meeting will fulfill the mission of the TTASSEA:

  1. It shall advance knowledge of traditional textile materials, patterns, and techniques.
  2. It shall foster a collective of textile enthusiasts of Southeast Asian textiles.
  3. It shall develop strategy to increase artisan’s productivity and quality of weaving.

The symposium presentations shall generate a framework of resolution, which encompass the followings: to protect the creativity and intellectual property right of the artisans through proper documentation of traditional textiles practices; to distribute information and research on traditional textiles and to share the latest development of textile technology; to create sustainable solutions for the millennial artisans to maintain high-quality productions; to encourage artisan’s creativity in order to successfully compete in the global market.