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The Mission of Jungle Arts and Flora

Jungle Arts and Flora supports and promotes the arts and crafts of the indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia and South Asia where we have extensive travel experience. Our goal is to share our knowledge of these significant cultures through photographs, DVD documentaries and information about our indigenous peoples art collection

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We make some of this wonderful art, crafts and textiles available for sale through a small business. We also collect and grow tropical plants. The larger plants will only be sold through local nurseries, the smaller plants by rapid postal delivery.

Our primary focus has been on the stunning woven textiles of Sarawak, East Malaysia, coordinated and distributed by Edric Ong- writer, designer, architect, and noted authority on Borneo and other indigenous textiles. Edric is an internationally known fashion designer whose designs are based on Borneo indigenous peoples' motifs, handcrafted of woven silk and other natural fabrics, using natural dyes and block printed or hand painted batik. He is currently Vice President of the World Crafts Council - Asia Pacific, Past President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Handicraft Promotion and Development Association, and Hon. Secretary of the World Batik Council. He is the Convenor of the Bienniel World Eco-Fiber and Textile (WEFT) Forum since 1999, devoted to researching, sustaining, and promoting traditional crafts of the villages of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Also, Edric is consultant to UNESCO in its Award of Excellence for Handicrafts program.

The three Edric Ong Textiles Galleries show textiles in stock and available for sale. Retail prices are listed - the same prices as in exclusive boutiques and galleries in Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Edric's new videos of his work are linked below.

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2013 Edric Ong USA Events in July, 2013

In mid July, Edric made his annual USA trip to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and this year do a natural dye workshop and trunkshow at Michele Wipplinger's Earthues Gallery in Seattle and a presentation with a sarong wrapping demo and fashion show at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on.

New designs for late 2013. Bright orange shibori is obtained by combining sappan wood with ketapang leaves - for info

Waste to Wealth
International Symposium and Exhibition on
Natural Dyes
World Eco-Fiber and Textile Forum 2012

The ISEND and WEFT events were held back-to-back at the Hilton Hotel in Kuching at the end of September. More than 200 international delegates attended. The "Waste to Wealth" theme provided the platform for discussing the cultural and economic revival of natural dyes and colorants, and to present the success stories and the continuing efforts many are making to recycle, re-use, and convert waste plant material to usable dyes, crafts, textiles, and fashion. Thirty-five papers were presented.

Twenty-two workshops demonstrated dyeing, weaving, and basketry techniques. Textiles and crafts were available for purchase at the Bazaar.

After the meetings finished, twenty-two participants visited the upriver Iban Rumah Garie longhouse to participate in the traditional Ngar mordanting ceremony and learn more about ikat weaving techniques.

In other events, the Sumba-Iban Ikat Textile Exhibition Sacred Ikat: From Heirloom to Trade, curated by Marie Christine Tseng and Edric Ong was opened at the Sarawak Museum and the official launching of the book "Plaited Arts from the Borneo Rainforest."

Twenty-six designers showcased their latest collections at the Gala Dinner and International Fashion Show. Click on the photos below to see video of their collections.

Travels to India and Sri Lanka

David traveled to India and Sri Lanka in November, 2011. Over three weeks, he made several stops to shoot video of traditional textile design and production techniques.

In Hyderabad, he visited Bina and Kesav Rao to document weaving in the villages, then block printing and natural dye techniques at their countryside "farm" complex, where many local people are employed to execute Bina's designs on different kinds of silk weaves, linen and cotton. Only natural materials and dyes are used there, overseen by dyemaster Kesav. No electricity isnecessary for production and almost everything is recycled.

In Amenabad, David spent time with Asif Shaikh at his studio where he ie reviving traditional micro-embroidery techniques. In Bhuj, David spent a few days with Abdul Jabbar Khatri for more video of some new bandhani and clamp dyeing methods that he has developed. While in Bhuj, David and A. Jabbar spent a day with internationally renouned block printing master Dr. Ismail Mohamed Khatri, and his sons at their operation in a village near Bhuj.

Finally, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, David met up with Edric Ong at the batik studio of Chinthaka Ratanayake (Ravi) where Edric showed some of the new natural dyes he has been working on, including coconut husk and local flowers.

The goal is to turn the many hours of video into interesting documentatation of some of the remaining masters of these techniques for textile lovers to appreciate. Hopefully, there will be four videos available during the summer tour. Between now and then, some photos and video links will be placed on the JA&F web site.

Edric Ong Videos

Edric, exploring another aspect of his unbridled creative self, has recently produced several video slideshows of his latest work, travels, and things that interest him. You can see them all through this link and even subscribe to his video channel here

The Videos - Edric Ong's:
1. Kachchhi Bling Fashion Collection
2. Botanica Fashion Collection 2011
3. Fashion Festival Kuala Lumpur 2011
4. Fashion Festival Kuala Lumpur Menswear 2011

5. Kandurata Batiks Kandy Sri Lanka
6. Fashion On A Train To Samarkand
7. Batik Collection 2011
8. Fashion Mongolia
9. Home Decor and Crafts
10. Fashion Festival Kuala Lumpur 2010
11. Fashion featuring Jaymin and Rashi in Seattle USA
12. Female Mode
13 Topi Tunjang Hat In Fashion
14 Ikat Style- from Longhouse to Catwalk
15. Sarong Style
16. Male Mode
17. The Hutanese Collection

18. Tattooed Butterflies Collection
19. Indigo Fashion


New Botanica Collection at the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Show


Edric with models showing his 2011 Botanica Collection at the Mercedes-Benz Stylo Fashion Show in Kuala Lumpur on April 7th. All the silks were hand-dyed by Edric using natural colored dyes he extracted from local red hibiscus, morning glory, yellow allamanda, and african tulip tree flowers. Some were hand tamped with ferns or indigo leaves and some made with tie-dyed shibori.

The halters used fine glass beads and the headdresses with handcrafted rattan.

JA&F models Stephanie, Nicole, Rashi, Donna, and Josie

Edric Ong Wins Designer of the Year Award

On April 2, 2009 Edric received the award at the Mercedes-Benz Stylo Fashion Week competition in Kuala Lumpur. By invitation, 36 Malaysian designers participated in the event. The Jury selected Edric and Melinda Looi as the winners. The award was presented by Tun Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia's immediate past Prime Minister.

Two new Videos from JA&F

1) "Mathew Ngau Jau: Home in Long Semiyang" - Mathew in his longhouse, jungles and rivers in remote Borneo, where he makes music with friends and family, fishes, and chases the wild boar; and 2) "Sarong Style with Edric Ong" - Edric uses three models to show you, step-by-step, how you can master more than a dozen of the sarong's easy and comfortable styles. Both videos can be ordered here

Other News

Apart from the indigenous art of Borneo, we are adding photos and information from other areas to the web site, including Nagaland and Myanmar. Many pieces offered for sale will be first found in the Naga Art, Bead, and Textile Personal Collection Galleries, then moved to the For Sale Galleries when the updating process is completed.

We are pleased to offer a selection of the traditional, intricately "micro" tie dyed "bandhani" textiles of the Khatri people of north western India. Designer
A. Jabbar Khatri works with 300 village women who do the tying while he does the dyeing processes to create striking wearable art. These textiles won the highly prized UNESCO Seal of Excellence Awards in both 2006 and 2007. We are helping with marketing in the US to support the villagers and "keep the traditions alive." See the three A. Jabbar Khatri Galleries. David visited A. Jabbar in April 2008 and November 2011, to do video documentary of the bandhani tying and dying process. This resulted in a 36 minute DVD, free with a bandhani purchase. The Seattle Art Museum recently purchased 22 pieces for the SAM Gift Shop.

A. Jabbar and JA&F participated in the 2009 and 2010 International Santa Fe Folk Art Market. More than 200 bandhani were sold in two days. In Seattle, many examples can be seen at the "Ancient Grounds Gallery, " on First Avenue in the block south of the Seattle Art Museum.

We now have a personally selected variety of handwoven silk from designer Bina Rao of Hyderabad, India. Bina and husband Kesav Rao own Creative Bee, which commissions several hundred weavers in villages all over India to producea intricate weaves - from several varieties of silk. They have a foundation to support this work and train weavers to use their traditional techniques to weave pieces of great beauty for the export market. Kesav is a master dyer and supervises Creative Bee's handblock printing shop in a village near Hyderabad. He is also an artist who has mastered many media and has exhibited in galleries around India. You can see some of the Rao's work in the two Bina's Galleries and Kesav's Gallery.

Creative Bee's silk yardage is now offered for sale in the Creative Bee Yardage Galery. Inquire about borrowing the set of 20 samples.

We now have some of Bina's fantastic silk shirts. The silk used in these shirts is gathered in the forests of India from wild silk moth cocoons. It is handwoven into filature "see-through" textile, then crafted into these shirts. A carved wooden hand block is used to print the design using natural dyes. They look great on women and men. Almost without fail, whenever we wear these shirts friends ask where they can get one like it. We have them in four colors - blue, grey, black, and red/orange


We are very pleased to now be able to offer some of the work of Asif Shaikh, one of India's outstanding young desgners, who's work is so highly esteemed that he was chosen to revive 18th century aari embroidery for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and parsi gara embroidery for the UNESCO-PARZOR Foundation.

Asif's passion is in the revival of ancient traditional forms of embroidery. See more information about Asif here and examples of his work in Asif Shaikh's Gallery

Ravi (Chinthaka Ranatanake)
is a master of batik and the latest artist that we will represent in the US. He has long worked with Edric Ong to execute Edric's designs in batik, but also is an a designer on his own who has won recognition in Sri Lanka for his designs and expertise in using traditional batik processes. His workshop makes lots of diferent wearable textiles as well as products for the home such as table covers and bedspreads, cushion and pillow covers and wall hangings. See Ravi's gallery here.

Ravi also paints on textiles.

Mathew Ngau Jau is an acclaimed master of the sapeh, the traditional lute-like instrument of the Orang Ulu people who live in the longhouses along the rivers of Central Borneo. It was originally used for ritualistic music to induce trance. Its intricate rhythms may also be inspired by dreams. We are offering Mathew's CD, Mathew Ngau Jau, Keeper of the Songs. Check out the Mathew Ngau Jau music video snippet

The Iban Rumah Garie Longhouse community weavers are the most accomplished in Borneo at adapting the use of silk for their traditional Pua Kumbu ikat weavings. For this they have won the coveted UNESCO Seal of Excellence. David's photos of the Rumah Garie Longhouse, including its leading master weavers Bangie Embol and Nancy Ngali can be seen on the Rumah Garie Longhouse page. Click to view a short video of Rumah Garie.

45 minute video "Dream Weavers of Rumah Garie" narrated by Edric Ong documents the traditional Iban ikat dyeing and weaving processes at the Rumah Garie and would be of interest to students of weaving as well as anyone interested in traditional cultures. Both standard and High Definition DVD versions are available for $15

Famous Kuching Laksa Bread

Laksa is the favorite breakfast/brunch dish in Kuching. It consists of a soup mixture of spices, noodles, bean sprouts, calamondon, shrimp and shreaded chicken pieces.

David used a 300gm package of laksa paste from Kuching in his 40 year-old breadmaking recipe.

By all accounts, it has been a hit in Seattle and Kuching.

Click here for recipe - word.doc - PDF

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