I’m showing an installation ‘Yang Tersurat dan Tersirat (Kolaborasi dengan Ibu-ibu Desa Lenek Lauk)’ created in collaboration with the weavers of Lenek Lauk. The work is a result of a week spent learning weaving under the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme.


Maybank Women Eco-Weavers meet Southeast Asian Artists
21 Aug – 8 Sep 2019
The Concourse, National Museum Singapore

It is with great pride that we invite you to the 2019 Maybank Women Eco-Weavers Exhibition organised by Maybank Foundation & Chan + Hori Contemporary.

The Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme is a flagship economic independence initiative that connects ASEAN’s heritage through the ancient art of textile weaving in Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia to create a sustainable weaving industry. Curated by Khairuddin Hori, this exhibition features six contemporary artists who responded to their experiences with artisans of different weaving communities. A celebration of regional art and culture, their artworks are displayed alongside handmade fabrics from the eco-weavers; with merchandise available at the Museum Label store.

Maybank Women Eco-Weavers supports women weavers from poor and marginalized communities with the aim of reviving and sustaining traditional weaving practices in ASEAN countries. The ancient art of textile weaving cuts across borders of the 10 member nations of ASEAN. These textiles can be works of art that represent the heritage of their respective countries, yet the women weavers who sustain the traditional crafts often struggle to survive in modern times.

Titled Entwine, this exhibition is a meeting of traditional craft and contemporary art. Showcased here are artworks by six Southeast Asian contemporary artists invited (since 2018) to interact and be inspired by Maybank Women Eco-Weavers through short residencies at the various weaving centers across the region. While the women in this programme receive access to training, capacity-building and microfinance, which helps them and their families to become economically independent, the artists are afforded invaluable and first-hand access to the preservation of a living culture.

The Maybank Women Eco-Weavers programme is currently active in East and Central Lombok and West Sumatra in Indonesia, Sarawak in Malaysia, Xiengkhouang Province in Laos and Siem Reap and Takeo Province in Cambodia.


Lugas Syllabus (Indonesia)
Lyle Buencamino (The Philippines)
Shahrul Jamili (Malaysia)
Sharon Chin (Malaysia)
Sheryo (Singapore)
Ubatsat Sutta (Thailand)


Lao Sericulture Co., Ltd. (Mulberries), Laos
Penenun Dampingan ASPPUK, Indonesia
Color Silk (Cambodia), Cambodia
Tanoti Crafts, Malaysia