"I try to pass the love of natural fiber to my children. I hope they can appreciate the craft traditions of our country because we value our culture and customs."
"If we can survive trials, positive things will follow. I'm Yudita Perwitasari. I was born in the western part of East Java in 1976. I first became involved with natural fibers when I was in junior high and I've loved natural fiber handicrafts since I was a teenager.
"When I was doing research on bamboo craft feasibility, I was given the opportunity to develop handcrafted crafts in accordance with my desires. After graduating from college, I worked for a handicraft export company in Jakarta.
"Later, I continued the same work at another company, but encountered a very bitter experience. Due to an administrative error, my husband and I were accused and reported to the police. However, nothing was proven against us. We did not demand any return, and even pray for them.
"Finally, my husband and I decided to work on our own. Armed with knowledge of marketing and natural fiber design, we recruit craftspeople who live nearby us, train and guide them in terms of creating our natural fiber designs. Our efforts have been quite successful.
"I like to combine all our art traditions into our designs, such as Java's original batiks, and I continuously follow the current trends.
"Living in Yogyakarta with my family is a very comfortable thing for me right now. Gathering and joking with our two children always makes me feel grateful to God.
"I also have good friends. They come from different backgrounds. We get together once a month to just chat, share stories about our children, their schools and the difficulties we are facing. Friends know me as an easy going person. Since childhood, I've lived in a multi-cultural environment, as we lived in a residential compound of the Air Force of the Republic of Indonesia.
"I try to pass the love of natural fiber work to my children. I hope they can appreciate the craft traditions of our country because we value our culture and customs."