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Save Traditional Weavers – Bags with HANDCRAFTED Artisan Fab

Behati creates beautiful bags using handcrafted fabrics from traditional weavers to support their livelihood.

Save Traditional Weavers – Bags with HANDCRAFTED Artisan Fab

Behati creates beautiful bags using handcrafted fabrics from traditional weavers to support their livelihood.

$1,435
pledged of $18,325pledged of $18,325 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 3 2015 1:33 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 3, 2015

About

Our beloved Kickstarter backer and potential backer,

Thank you for supporting our project in any way you can. 

Take your time to check us out and if you’re ready, let’s get together to be a part of an amazing story.

What do we do? 

Behati works with women from remote villages in West Timor, Indonesia that produce handcrafted artisan fabrics called TENUN. These fabrics are a thousand of years’ heritage, created with intricate technique without any machinery. It can take as long as 2 months to produce a finished piece. This art is perishing fast, overtaken by printed and mass produced fabrics with similar pattern. While these fabrics are faster to produce, they often have lower quality than the real artisan fabrics.

The Process

We have selected 3 types of handcrafted fabrics that are best representing villages in West Timor: BUNA, SOTIS, and FUTUS. These fabrics identify the status of the wearer in society, as well as the symbol for encouragement and good luck. The more intricate motif and color combination of one’s clothes, the higher social status he has.

Why do we do it?

Weaving is the second source of income for West Timor Villages besides farming. The harsh weather condition that often results in many months of drought has made weaving an increasingly important source of income to sustain livelihood.

In these past few years, the weavers are faced with threatening challenge: no demand for these handcrafted fabrics. This happens mostly because of the high cost of sourcing the fabrics. Remote location and underdeveloped tourism has created an unfair trade scheme that only benefits the middlemen. Getting fair price for their fabrics is almost impossible.

All the hardships have made the young generation lose interest in learning the art, moreover to preserve it. A considerable number of weavers have fled to the big cities to work as hard labor.

By transforming into fashion items, we wish to create a constant demand for the fabrics and with fair price, the villagers can once again be excited to weave.

This is the essence of Behati – doing something with heart. 

So, where can you come in?

The Kickstarter funding will cover the production of our first line of bags, which will be delivered back to you as our beloved backer  

Your support will directly impact the weavers, we will source the artisan handcrafted fabric with fair price. The target of 80 initial backers on bags rewards will directly ensure job security of 2 weaver communities (supporting approximately 20 families) in Noemeto and Naukae Village.

Furthermore, with 250+ backers we can expand the production into retail, ensuring extended demands and job security for the weavers and as capital to expand the model to cover wider geographical coverage in West Timor, with new weaver group/communities.  


Please join us and be among the very first to be a part of the story

THE REWARDS

H.7.3" x W.10.5" (closed) H.13" x W.10.5" (opened)
H.7.3" x W.10.5" (closed) H.13" x W.10.5" (opened)

Reversible clutch made of natural brown calf leather and lizard motif BUNA fabric. It's like having two different clutches for different occasion. The clutch has two compartments to carry your essential items, phone, keys, lipstick, etc.

H.15" x W.13.5" x D.4"
H.15" x W.13.5" x D.4"

Reversible tote made of natural brown calf leather and crown motif BUNA fabric. Reverse the tote and show the inner black color goatskin. Having two totes with having only one tote is fun!

H.15.5" x W. 16.5" x D 8.5"
H.15.5" x W. 16.5" x D 8.5"

Our signature bag for men! 

Designed with SOTIS fabric and light brown calf leather. A versatile bag with lots of pockets to carry many things from laptop, books, water bottle, to your short trip clothes. 

H.13" x W.15.5" x D.7.5"
H.13" x W.15.5" x D.7.5"

A masculine lightweight satchel bag.  

Designed with FUTUS fabric in the inner flap and dark brown calf leather. Carry your iPad, books, and your 14" laptop with ease. Two front pockets and three inner small pockets for your small items.

[ THANK YOU REWARDS ]

Leather Key Holder with Fabric Pouch.  

Make all high quality material counts! Collected from post production leftovers that would otherwise be thrown away.

**Each reward comes with a story about where your fabric came from and what it means.

What Your Purchase Supports

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We always value your input and very delighted to talk to you, just e-mail us at behatiproject@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

Behati project team is working 24/7 in the past months streamlining the production process to ensure on time deliveries of your beautiful goods. We work closely with the weavers community in Nusa Tenggara, and the leather craft man in Bandung to ensure their commitment and maintaining quality.

However, there are always production risks such as material scarcity we possibly faced that might delay the production.

We are aiming to deliver your rewards by latest November 2015

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    1 Leather Key Holder with Fabric Pouch

    Help us make bag making more sustainable, we ensure all leather and fabric are transformed to useful piece.

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    EARLY BIRD Special : Nulle Clutch

    Save $30 for being our first backers
    Purchase includes dust bag and story about your fabric journey

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    Nulle Clutch

    A uniquely reversible clutch for women. It's like having two different clutches for different occasion!

    Natural brown calf leather with lizard motif BUNA fabric.
    The clutch has two compartments to carry your essential items, phone, keys, lipstick, etc. For a more modest look, simply reverse the clutch and hide the fabric. To showcase the richness of the fabric, just reverse it back.

    Comes with a dust bag and the story about your fabric.

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    Bena Tote

    A uniquely reversible tote for women. Having two totes with having only one tote is fun!

    Natural brown calf leather with crown motif BUNA fabric.
    For a modest look, reverse the tote and show the inner black color goatskin.

    Comes with a dust bag and the story about your fabric

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    TUMU Satchel

    A masculine lightweight satchel bag.

    Designed with FUTUS TENUN fabric in the inner flap and dark brown calf leather.

    Two front pocket design for iPad, ticket, small notebook, or other small items. The inner has 14" laptop sleeve, three pen holders, and three small pockets.

    Comes with adjustable straps, a dust bag and the story about your fabric.

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    EARLY BIRD : Pollo Backpack

    Save $50 for being our first backers
    Pollo Backpack
    Comes with adjustable strap, dust bag and story about your fabric

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    Pollo Backpack

    Our signature bag for men!

    Designed with SOTIS TENUN fabric and light brown calf leather.

    Front pocket design for grab and go things, two side pockets for small water container, ticket, or a small notebook. Two compartments inside, for a 14" laptop and your short trip clothes. Three pen holders, and two inner pockets for valuable stuff.

    Comes with adjustable straps, a dust bag and the story about your fabric.

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    Limited Offer - Duo Rewards

    Rewards for you, gift for her
    POLLO Backpack with $50 OFF Bena Tote

    Initials or Personal Logo on your Bags

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    Limited Offer - Duo Rewards

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    TUMU Satchel with $50 OFF Bena Tote

    Initials or Personal Logo on your Bags

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Funding period

- (45 days)