Putting Soul Back in the Fabric of Society
Even before she co-founded Sarawak-based social enterprise Tanoti, Jacqueline Fong has always loved textiles and fabrics. The play of thread and weave has always fascinated her, so it came as no surprise that when a friend approached her to take over a dismantling weaving workshop as a business, she said yes. Tanoti champions the art of songket, a Malay style of weaving. “Tanoti is definitely a challenging business. Our mission and vision are no longer only tied to financial or commercial goals. We are working to prevent the decline of an important craft like songket. It was difficult to start operations because we lacked the resources. We didn’t have a market, or contacts. But we just persevered,” she says. Tanoti has since expanded their team of weavers, which Jacqueline is proud of. “Malaysians should not abandon our national craft,” adds Jacqueline passionately.
JACQUELINE AND HER TEAM AT TANOTI ARE DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN WEAVERS BY CREATING A VIABLE SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THEM. SHE IS WEARING PATEK PHILIPPE ANNUAL CALENDAR (REF: 4947G-001) IN WHITE GOLD, AVAILABLE AT CORTINA WATCH SURIA KLCC AND STARHILL GALLERY KUALA LUMPUR