Dita is a member of the team at Arunika, a small interior studio from Jakarta. Arunika joined MASABOCA to develop macramé products that are made from waste and upcycled cloth and material.
Can you tell us a bit about the studio Arunika?
Arunika is a small studio in Jakarta that I made with three of my friends, basically it’s an interior studio but we are expanding to develop products from waste material. We already have a brand, called Redja.
What is the product you are developing as part of MASABOCA?
For Redja and MASABOCA we are developing products from waste cloth and material or fabric that we weave using a knitting macramé technique to create sitting cushions.
We combine both the cloth and waste material so it doesn’t look raw just like cloth. We also add the waste material to create a story and unique item that is a combination of detailed patches and cloth to beautify the pillow.
As a creative, what inspires you?
What inspires us is everyday life and every day we see garbage. We are aware of fast fashion but many people are not aware of the cloth that is thrown away and wasted a lot.
When we go to the tailor, there are some small parts of the fabric that is wasted and not used. Therefore, there was a sense of awareness that we wanted to make something creative, functional and that has selling points.
What are some collaborations you have done with artists or creatives?
Arunika was established in 2014 and there have been many ideas that we wanted to make. One collaboration we did recently was the Red Flower movement to get closer to volunteers to provide support in the form of interest.
How did you come up with your idea for the MASABOCA Boot Camp?
We were in the fashion studio starting to make patches with the rest of the cloth and then we learnt about the MASABOCA program so we proposed to enter the bootcamp with our product proposing the to create something using waste materials.
What types of products have you designed?
They have focused more on wood waste which was processed into notebooks and small planter boxes
What did you do before you started the MASABOCA Boot Camp?
We made tea packaging and had projects for interior showrooms. Finally, we made a garden installation which is more about a space design. More related to products, we made invitations and souvenirs.
What has been the highlight of the MASABOCA program?
We learnt a lot of new things. During college we did not have the time to get business and marketing knowledge. At the MASABOCA Bootcamp, we had some generous mentors who shared their knowledge for free. And the opportunity to run workshops and exhibitions at Rumah Sanur.
Why are opportunities like MASABOCA important for you as a new designer?
This program will expose our brand, we will get new knowledge and we have learnt and now knowabout the positive and negative impacts in developing products.
What materials do you use for your projects?
Fabric waste from anywhere, mainly what we get is from small garment or tailors.
What’s next for your project and products?
We want to keep making pillows but in bigger sizes.
Why do you think spaces like Rumah Sanur and to~ko Concept Store are important for creatives?
Here is a place where people gather. By just talking, you have gained knowledge. Rumah Sanur provides that space. To~ko Concept Store is important for us because one of the goals of MASABOCA is to put our products in to~ko for sale. And programs like MASABOCA really provide it all from how to discuss people to how to find new networking channels.