Conservation couture: Batik artisans make rhinos a fashion statement

first_imgCampaigners in Indonesia have blended rhino conservation with artisanal batik production to raise awareness about saving the critically endangered species.Under a program started by a conservationist, local batik designers are incorporating rhino motifs into the hand-dyed textiles, in the hope that this will get the public thinking about rhinos.There may be as few as 30 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, following decades of poaching, habitat loss, and climate-induced forest fragmentation. LAMPUNG, Indonesia — Campaigners in Indonesia are using the country’s celebrated batik-making tradition to get people to think about the Sumatran rhinoceros, a species on the brink of extinction.The critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is the only living species of Dicerorhinus, the most primitive rhino genus, which evolved 15 million to 20 million years ago and includes the prehistoric woolly rhino in its ranks.Habitat loss, climate-induced habitat fragmentation, and poaching have significantly slashed the species’ population, with estimates today ranging from 30 to 100 individuals. One of their last strongholds is Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra’s Lampung province, where a captive-breeding program is underway to shore up the flagging wild population.Lampung is also home to a rich tradition of making batik, a form of hand-dyeing textiles in which the parts not being dyed are masked with beeswax. It was Elly Lestari Rustiati, a rhino expert at Lampung University, who came up with the idea of marrying the two concepts of conservation and batik. Rhino conservation awareness through art isn’t new; in India, artisanal wood-carvers make intricately crafted statuettes of the greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) that live in Kaziranga National Park.So Elly introduced her idea to a local batik-making community, touting it as adding value to the textiles that they already produce, alongside the awareness-raising benefits.A woman in Indonesia’s Lampung province dyes batik cloth that features a motif of the region’s Sumatran rhinos. Image courtesy of Hidayatullah.Motifs are a central part of any batik textile, and are unique to the region in which it’s made. For the Lampung batik, it was only natural that the motif would be rhinos.“They were eager and very excited to learn” how to make the rhino motifs, Elly said of the participants, adding that she helped provide information about the species’ characteristics to help them with their depictions of the two-horned animals.It wasn’t as easy a task as it seemed, said Hidayatullah, 31, the owner of the Andanan Batik store in Lampung’s Pesawaran district.“It was difficult at first. [The motif] didn’t look like a Sumatran rhino,” he said.He said his initial attempts ended up looking more like the one-horned Javan rhinoceros, another critically endangered species native to Indonesia. But Hidayatullah persisted, and today his textiles bear the proud silhouettes of little Sumatran rhinos, as well as faithful reproductions of some of the plants the animal feeds on.Hidayatullah said his determination to get the process right was inspired by his child’s interest in learning more about the creature taking shape amid the wax coatings on the textiles. As part of his education, the batik maker visited the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas to study the distinctive outline of the animal.Getting the artisans to come up with motifs that did justice to the two-horned Sumatran rhino was difficult at first, with early results resembling the one-horned Javan rhino. Image courtesy of Hidayatullah.Elly said she hoped the rhino batik would help raise awareness of rhino conservation, given the ubiquity of batik throughout Indonesia. “Hopefully for the batik makers in Lampung this initiative will be a mix between cultural and scientific values. That way, the community’s batik works will have added value and their own uniqueness,” she said.The popularity of the rhino motif has caught on. In neighboring East Lampung district, local designers stamp out hundreds of sheets of the special batik each month, some of which have been fashioned into uniforms for district officials.An artisan of the old school, Hidayatullah eschews the mass-printing model and instead makes his batik to order. (As a marketer of the new school, he promotes his work through Instagram.) He sells a sheet of rhino-motif batik, measuring 1.2 by 2.2 meters (47 by 87 inches) for 300,000 rupiah ($21), and a ready-to-wear batik shirt for 450,000 rupiah ($32).“There’s a special pride that I feel from helping introduce this rhino to the whole world through batik,” Hidayatullah said.A female Sumatran rhino with her calf in Way Kambas, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Jan. 31, 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Habitat Loss, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Megafauna, Poaching, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more


US Has Bold Plan to Stall Climate Change

first_imgThis post originally appeared on CNN.In baseball, there’s a traditional comeback after a tough season: “Wait ’til next year!” For climate change “next year” is now. This year is the time and the United Nations’ international climate negotiations in Paris in December are the place to secure strong global agreement to curb heat-trapping emissions. A successful climate pact will send a signal around the world that a shift to a low-carbon economy is underway.The United States has made clear that it is ready to step up to the plate on climate change. The U.S. administration on Tuesday unveiled details about its proposal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This common-sense and achievable plan to decarbonize the U.S. economy will result in significant cost savings from cleaner technologies and create more American energy jobs to power our homes and businesses.This is an area where the United States needs to lead, and doing so will create a better planet for our children and a more prosperous future for our country.The United States isn’t alone in this global climate effort. In a landmark joint announcement with the United States in November, China unveiled its intent to peak its carbon emissions around 2030 and to double its share of zero-carbon energy to 20 percent. This shift will require substantial effort from China to retool its economy, increase investment in renewable energy and divest from coal. As the world’s No. 1 investor in renewable energy, China has already taken important steps forward.At the same time, India has set the audacious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar power capacity by 2022, a 30-fold increase from current levels and eight times more solar capacity than the United States has today.Cities and corporations are joining in as well. More than 200 cities, home to 436 million people, have voluntarily committed to saving 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury. And more than a thousand companies, along with 73 countries, voiced support for putting a price on carbon and moving to cleaner energy technologies. Leading companies, like Apple and Google, are making major bets on renewable energy. And another 25 businesses have signed onto the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles—these companies represent energy demand equal to more than 1 million homes.Increasing examples demonstrate that strong climate action can be good for the economy. For instance, renewable sources now provide one-fifth of the world’s electricity, while solar manufacturing costs have dropped 80 percent in the last seven years. Wind turbines installed now are 100 times better at generating power than turbines were 30 years ago. Clean technology investments surged to $310 billion last year. In the United States, carbon emissions fell by 10 percent from 2007 to 2013, the largest absolute emissions reduction recorded, even as the United States has recovered from the Great Recession.Many of these shifts are unprecedented and could not have been anticipated even five years ago. Yet these trends alone are not enough to counter the mounting climate-related impacts that we are already seeing. A global climate agreement in Paris this December can send more signals to markets and drive more ambitious climate action for decades to come.A Paris agreement would represent a new form of international cooperation and a fundamental change in the global approach to climate action — a shift from burden-sharing to the creation of mutual opportunities; from cost to investment; from economic threat to a spur to economic development.With the United States showing the way, and with cooperation from other countries, businesses, investors, cities and citizens, we can achieve a prosperous and secure future for all.Each year, baseball returns and hope springs eternal. Now, it’s time for all countries to get in the game.last_img read more


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