Putting Soul Back in the Fab­ric of So­ci­ety

Malaysia Tatler - - FACES -

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

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