Stories Through Weaving
Agustina Kahi Atanau dedicates her life to conserving and promoting Sumba’s handwoven textile. She received the Wastra Nusantara Lifetime Achievement Award from the First Lady.
Agustina Kahi Atanau, 65, seemed at ease as she welcomed guests at a meet-and-greet event at the Reading Room in Kemang in early April. At the event, Agustina, who goes by “Mama Dan,” intently watched a 10-minute documentary on the complex process of making ikat (handwoven textile).
Mama Dan told the story of how she came to receive the Wastra Nusantara Lifetime Achievement Award from the First Lady of Indonesia, Iriani, the day befo...