Based in Indonesia

TORAJAMELO

A For-profit with social mission

Organization Details

TORAJAMELO is an ethical-slow-lifestyle brand that works with rural and remote women-led weaving collectives across Indonesia to offer them market access for decent livelihood, while at the same path preserving and sustaining cultural sustainability of heritage weaving and minimizing negative impact to the environment due to production processes.

Impact Story

We are working towards systemic poverty alleviation and preventing outward migration of rural Indonesian women by creating a sustainable ecosystem for women artisans. Our values that keep us grounded are - collaborate with community, uphold quality, practice integrity, take actions with a purpose, and believe in compassion. At TORAJAMELO, we work with 100% backstrap loom weavers from Indigenous rural communities of Indonesia. We collaborate with around 1.100+ women weavers in Toraja and Mamasa in Sulawesi Island; Soe, Maubesi, and Oesena in Timor Island (Nusa Tenggara Timur). We offer them market access sustainably via our Business Model All our pieces are all crafted from beautiful hand-woven cloth pieces from their indigenous geographical origin, that we transform into sustainable and slow fashion, modern pieces. We minimize waste by using fabric cutoffs for accessories or small gifts; natural fibres for weaving as much as possible and reusable/recyclable/biodegradable packaging; and we value fair treatment of people, animals, and the planet. TORAJAMELO is a firm follower of UN SDGs 1 - No Poverty, 5 - Gender Equality, 12 - Responsible consumption and production, and 13 - Climate Action " We are also working to set-up a Circular Fashion Consortium and is part of the Impact Hero 2022 cohort. As we continue to deliver impact to our community, we are honored to have been recognised as: ● 1st runner up of the UN Women 2021 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards in the SME Champion Category ● SME Champion for Leadership Commitment at the 2021 Women Empowerment Principles Awards by UN WOMEN Indonesia. ● The Marketeers Women Award (2016) ● Staff Of President Rep Indonesia homegrown brand (2016) ● TUPPERWARE She CAN Award, Sebuah Apresiasi Untuk Wanita Indonesia (2015) ● Honorable Mention – Arthur Guinness Project & Ashoka Changemakers (2015)