Who we are

The Traditional Textile Arts Society of South East Asia (TTASSEA) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization consisting of academics, crafts people, enthusiasts, collectors, and activists who are involved in the preservation and conservation of Southeast Asian traditional textiles.

Traditional Textile Arts Society of South East Asia (TTASSEA) adalah lembaga swadaya masyarakat dan organisasi nir-laba yang terdiri dari akademisi, pengrajin, pencinta, kolektor,  penggiat yang berkiprah di dalam bidang pelestarian dan konservasi tekstil tradisional Asia Tenggara.


Main Officers

President                         : Gusti Bandoro Raden Ayu Adipati Paku Alam

Chairs of Advisory Council : Adiati Siregar and Elsie Soenarya

Secretary General             : Dr. Mariah Waworuntu

Chair of Daily Affairs         : Ita Yuliati

Treasurer                         : Didid Trida J. Manaseh


Brief History


On 20 August 2018, TTASSEA obtained the accreditation from the ASEAN Secretariat, and is listed as an entity in the Annex 2 of the ASEAN Charter.



GBRAA Paku Alam was elected president of TTASSEA.



ASEAN TTAC changed its name in June 2016 to the Traditional Textile Arts Society of South East Asia (TTASSEA), as recognized by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.



In January 2015 the 5th Symposium was held in Chang-Mai, hosted by the University of Payap, Chang Mai, the Support Foundation under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Cakri Sirindhorn, and the Commission of Higher Education, Thailand.



Vietnam hosted the 4th Traditional Textile Symposium in Thai Nguyen. The Symposium was organized by the Museum of Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups, Nguyen City.

In November 2013, the ASEAN TTAC organized a “Traveling Batik Workshop” for ASEAN curators, visiting among others the Jakarta Textile Museum, the National Museum and batik centres in Pekalongan, Yogya and Bali.



ASEAN TTAC partnered with the Jakarta Textile Museum and established a center of for Southeast Asian Traditional Textiles at the museum. The center serves as a center to organize activities in the field of textile preservation in Southeast Asia. It also functions as an information center for the research, documentation, exhibitions, training, seminars, education, consultation, design study, innovation, and marketing of traditional textiles.



The 3rd ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium (ATTS 3) on the theme Shared Roots was held in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. It was organized by the Chamber of Commerce Kuala Terengganu and the Terengganu Institute of Design Excellence (TIDE).

In November 2011, ASEAN TTAC in cooperation with Himpunan Wastraprema organized an ASEAN textile exhibition at the ASEAN Summit which was held in Nusa Dua, Bali.



The 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium (ATTS 2) took place in Manila, Malaysia. By mutual consensus, the ASEAN Traditional Textile Arts Community (ASEAN TTAC) was formed.



The 1st ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium (ATTS 1) took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 6 December. It was organized by the Wastraprema Association at the ASEAN Secretariat Building.