Inkle-Weaving Technique: An Explorative Study


  • Morinta Rosandini Telkom University


Weaving is a part of Indonesian rich culture. The most well-known Indonesian traditional weaving technique  is  the  one  using  a  tool  called  gedhogan.  Nowadays,  the  tool  is  still  used  in  some  regions, particularly where traditional culture is richly maintained. From technical side, the use of gedhogan requires a considerable amount of time due to its complexity. On the other hand, weaving tools also evolve over time, in accordance to advancement in technology. One of the tools considered efficient, portable, and having high ability  to  produce  various  weaving  patterns  and  characters  is  by  using  inkle-loom.  With  inkle-loom technique, it is expected that the textile sheet can be produced more efficiency.  This study was conducted using qualitative method, of which the data were collected by literature study and field observation. It was then followed by textile exploration, covering techniques and materials of the weaving product to deliver more diverse weaving patterns and characters. There are three part of inkle-loom exploration at this research, (1) exploring the threads (material), (2) exploring the patterns, and (3) combining the technique with another structure textile technique, such as knotting and tapestry. The results of the study are detailed description of character and texture of the pattern and the character of the fabric itself, the one produced using inkle- weaving technique with varied thread. By knowing the character from the result of exploration, it is expected that the study can contribute to be references for fashion designer or textile designer to create textiles for any application for artwork and fashion utilities.

Keywords: Exploration, Inkle-weaving, Textile, Woven.