Welcome to our journey of resilience and renewal in the heart of Lombok.

On August 5th, 2018, when the earth trembled beneath our feet, it not only shattered homes but also disrupted the very fabric of trust in the familiar. For the people of Pringgasela, the quake left behind not just rubble but a profound sense of uncertainty about the future they once knew. Even now, nearly two years later, families continue to dwell in the temporary shelters we helped erect, a stark reminder of the long road to recovery that lies ahead.

In November 2018, as we walked amidst the remnants of devastation, our hearts ached for our friends in Pringgasela still grappling with shock and uncertainty. Yet, amidst the rubble, we found a glimmer of hope. By placing an order for 100 pieces of fabric, we not only provided a lifeline to the weavers but also ignited a spark of resilience, encouraging them to reclaim normalcy amidst chaos. Since then, our cherished customers have stood by them, purchasing every piece with unwavering support, enabling us to continue our mission of empowerment.

Meet our Lombok family, Anna, Erwin, and their nine children, the guardians of the weaving co-op we proudly collaborate with. Despite facing their own hardships, they opened their hearts and homes to those in need, transforming Bale Warna Alam Natural Dye Workshop into a sanctuary amidst the chaos. With the generosity of our customers, we’ve been able to help Anna and Erwin rebuild their gallery and restaurant, ensuring that their entrepreneurial spirit continues to thrive. Anna’s culinary creations now delight visitors, offering a taste of tradition amidst renewed comfort and hope.

Your support has been the cornerstone of our journey, breathing life into communities and fostering resilience in the face of adversity. As we continue to navigate the path to recovery, we invite you to join us in writing the next chapter of hope and healing in Pringgasela. Together, let’s weave a future where every thread tells a story of resilience, renewal, and the enduring power of community. Thank you for your unwavering support—it truly makes a world of difference.

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Pringgasela is a traditional weaving village in the foothills of Mount Rinjani, Lombok.  The main industries that support the village are farming and weaving.  Every female is taught to weave and the majority of homes have a weaving loom.  Many families in the village lived below the poverty line.

 

Wikipedia

On 5 August 2018 an earthquake measuring Mw 6.9 (ML 7.0 according to BMKG) struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. It was the main shock following its foreshock, a nearby 6.4 earthquake on 29 July. It was followed by a nearby 6.9 earthquake on 19 August 2018.

The epicentre was located inland, near Loloan Village in North Lombok Regency. The fault rupture spread to the north and reached the sea, creating tsunamis. Severe shaking was reported throughout the entire island, while strong shaking was reported on the neighboring islands of Bali and Sumbawa.

Widespread damage was reported in Lombok and Bali. Officials stated that at least 80% of structures in North Lombok were damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of the sequence of earthquakes in August, a total of 563 people were confirmed killed while more than 1,000 were confirmed injured. More than 417,000 people were displaced.

This earthquake is the largest and the strongest earthquake to have hit Lombok in recorded history. With more than 560 deaths, it is also the deadliest earthquake in the Lesser Sunda Islands since the 1992 Flores earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake later caused chains of earthquakes in West Nusa Tenggara with significant magnitude, which was deemed by officials as a rare event.