Our Own Knit&Crochet Festival

It’s that time of the year again, when we at the Mari Merajut (Let’s Knit) community are preparing the Indonesia’s Knit & Crochet Festival (the 3rd this year).

Since 2009 we hosted the only festival in Indonesia that is dedicated for knitters and crocheters. It’s the brainchild of some of the members and first brought to life led by a member who runs an event organizing business. The first festival took place at Museum of Bank Mandiri in Central Jakarta, and the second one were held in sync with an event called NEXT in Ciputra Mall, West Jakarta.

There were always a marketplace (of course!), knitting and crocheting workshops, talkshows and booksignings. Last year, the second festival even had a fashion show and record breaking activity. What? Yes, we made a giant blanket made from more than 14,000 crocheted granny squares, with 32 meters of knitted garter stitch scarf as the edging. Around 150 participants from all over the country (and Indonesians abroad, too!) contributed to this project. The blanket was certified by the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI).

The squares were arranged following a traditional batik motif pattern module (designed by yours truly), and then joined on the site of the festival. I couldn’t come to the event, so I could only imagine the excitement (and the exhaustion) of bringing the blanket to life from mere squares. Hail to the committee and the volunteers!!

You can see the process below :

the squares

The 'building blocks'.. the squares (from Yanti in the Netherlands)

One module of 'batik kawung' motif (by Dian from Bekasi, West Java)

squares details (by Thata, Surabaya, East Java)

One edging module (by Dian, Bekasi, West Java)

Assembling on site (the girl wearing headscarf sitting on the floor is Ayun, the blanket project manager)

..and that's Aji, one of our crochet men, joining squares...

And the result :

The giant blanket, the night before the certifying ceremony

At the ceremony. It's huge! And beautiful, don't you think?

The blanket was then donated to the Textile Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta. Here it is in display :

Our creation as Textile Museum collection.

Looking at these pictures sure bring lots of memories :). Oh, I forgot to include the fashion show pictures! Here are some of them :

Gorgeous!!!!

We’ll just have to wait and see what this year’s festival will bring *wink*.

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