Kain Endek is a fabric and now commonly used as uniforms by the officers on the island of Bali. As part of the culture of the past, Kain Endek is also commonly used when performing Balinese rituals in temples around the island of the Gods. Every Balinese people must have these stunning fabric.
Around the 16th century, Kain Endek actually become a status symbol. Like the Balinese songket, Kain Endek is only for aristocracy and rich people only. Use of motive was not in vain. This is similar to the history of batik cloth that originated in ancient kingdom.
This piece of art, originally came from Klungkung, Gianyar and Karangasem. But eventually, the local governments promote the use of fabric as the pride of Balinese people. The traditional fabric comes in a myriad of beautiful colors and geometrical designs. The fabric is painstakingly hand-woven by skilled artisans in Klungkung, Ubud and Gianyar using a traditional weaving apparatus. Nowadays, you can find Kain Endek everywhere and proud to use for anyone.
Kain Endek is one of famous Bali’s heritages in the world for the art of weaving. The ancestors bequeathed weaving techniques to the next generation, which involves all diligence, patience and a high artistic value. Materials and process can vary, for example, is made from silkworm yarn, spun by hand, colored with natural dyes from plants and done in a long time, even years. This weaving technique has been found since ancient times. The result was much admired, not only for local tastes, but also evokes the sense of world community.
However, with changing times, this fabric is becoming obsolete. Because in addition to being practical and fashionable, complexity of manufacturing and raw material scarcity makes its very expensive. The Balinese costumes switching to a more practical and modern such as batik, cotton, jeans and others. Today, the legacy of Balinese elders seemed to be a myth.
To prevent that happening, the designers tried to explore their creativity by using Kain Endek became elegant dresses, stylish, and alluring.
By trying to dispel the image of the ancient and the formal, Kain Endek can be worn by all levels of society. That’s why the cutting patterns and designs have been adapted for today’s teenagers. Kain Endek actually can be developed using the results of new idea and technology without losing the fundamental characteristics of the fabric used. The new design should follow the growing trend the international world. The key is to develop traditional pattern to oriented global market pattern.