Putting the soul back into the Fabric of Society.
Based in Kuching, Malaysian Borneo, this handweaving textile atelier strives to preserve the Malay heritage craft of songket weaving. Every process of producing handwoven songket is undertaken by hand, and in the most purist way – and in doing so, the product acquires depth, dimension and soul.
The designers of Tanoti bring this ancient craft form to modern day by contemporising designs and infusing the traditional songket weaving process with other textile techniques, including warp painting, batik printing and tapestry weaving; and introducing other fibres such as paper, leather and rattan.
This community of weavers started their careers under the foundation of Her Royal Highness the Queen of Malaysia, Yayasan Tuanku Nur Zahirah. After having developed extensive skill, discipline and expertise, these ladies were absorbed by Tanoti, a social impact venture pursuing the objectives of heritage craft preservation, women empowerment and rural community building.