The Total Indonesia Foundation, Preserving the Fading Craftmanship of the Dayak Tribe
Total E&P Indonésie created the Total Indonesia Foundation to perpetuate Indonesia’s diverse cultural heritage, particularly the Dayak native culture. Focusing on the preservation of Borneo’s rich yet rapidly vanishing basketry traditions, the foundation has deployed numerous programs to reintroduce plaiting techniques to a new generation.
The Decline of the Dayak Heritage
The plaiting tradition began to fade when Dayak tribe members were introduced to plastic, and as deforestation hindered the gathering of wood and rattan. Since the 1980s, almost no tribe member under 35 can plait rattan properly. The Foundation aspires to prevent the decline and extinction of this art form.
Practical Programs to Preserve Dayak Basketwork
Along with the Lontar Foundation, the Total Indonesia Foundation has exhibited Dayak basketwork ranging from containers to mats and fish traps as part of its conservation program. Aligned with this program, the Foundation also published Plaited Arts from the Borneo Rainforest, a book based on studies of 20 experts on Kalimantan crafts.