< Handep Stories


    Our 2020 Impact Report

    March 31, 2021

    We, in Handep, are committed to create an economic development that respects local wisdom and creates positive impacts on the people and the planet. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we thrived and are still going strong. Thank you to our conscious customers for supporting us all this time.

    We are proud to share our impacts in 2020 here. [Read More]

    Our Updates - Semester 2 2020

    December 31, 2020

    For too many of us, 2020 might not be a good year. As we are transitioning to 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be entering the second wave in many corners of the globe. We, however, did not give up! We continue to move forward despite all challenges.

    We returned to the village and came back to turn our lemon into vodka. We celebrated Indonesian independence with the weavers and held our 1st trunk show in Palangkaraya. We participated (virtually) in the Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) 2020 "Tales of the Equator - Treasure of the Magnificent Borneo".

    Our founder had the chance to share his experience on the "KickAndy Show: Yang Muda yang Berjaya". We were able to share our experience and skills to vocational school students and school dropouts in Labuan Bajo. Yes, 2020 was a roller coaster ride but we are grateful to still be able planting seeds and growing our community.

    Read our journey here. [Read More]

    Our Updates - Semester 1 2020

    July 1, 2020

    We hope you are all doing okay in this unsettling time. After a great 2019 where we made a lot of postive impacts and fantastic first couple of months in 2020, life gave all of us a lemon that we can hardly turn into vodka. The COVID-19 outbreak is a nightmare for many, including a small business like Handep. We, however, did not give up, we continued to move forward despite all challenges. Although adapting to pandemic is no easy task, we did all we can to continue supporting our partner weavers and farmers.

    We started our journey with a huge milestone by becoming part of the soft launching of Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) 2020 "Tales of the Equator - Treasure of the Magnificent Borneo" in Jakarta. Indonesia Fashion Week 2020 will focus on showcasing the cultures of 3 major tribes in Kalimantan: Banjar, Dayak, and Kutai. There will be 20-30 fashion designers participating in this event including Handep. Initially planned to take place in April 2020, IFW 2020 is postponed to early October 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak. For this prestigious event, Handep will showcase the weaving heritage and amazing craftsmanship of the incredible Dayak Taboyan women to the world of contemporary fashion. Our capsule collection is named after “The Power of Dayak Women”. Are you excited to see them? [Read More]

    Membawa Rotan Batara Menyeberang ke Tiga Benua

    January 07, 2020

    Usianya masih muda. Putra asli Dayak. Mendapat gelar S-2 di Univeristy of Melbourne. Punya jiwa sosial. Founder dan CEO Handep ini membuka usaha sosial yang bertujuan untuk memberdayakan pengrajin dan petani di perdesaan Kalteng, melalui produk fashion yang ramah lingkungan.

    Di sebuah kafe, Randi sapaan akrab Randi Julian Miranda tampak serius memberi wejangan kepada anak-anak muda soal memulai bisnis dan mencari modal. Sekitar 11 sampai 12 orang peserta hadir saat itu. Mereka menyimak setiap tip yang disampaikan secara langsung oleh Randi maupun lewat info- grafis pada slide layar putih ber- ukuran 2x2 meter. Kurang lebih 3 jam wejangan itu diberikan.[Read More]

    8 Facts About Handep's Products

    October 10,2019

    You probably have heard of Handep; a newly established fashion brand from Central Kalimantan. Founded in late 2018, the social enterprise works with Dayak women and small farmers to create fashion accessories based on traditional Dayak weaving patterns.

    Curious about the origin of our products and how they are made? [Read More]

    Empowering Dayaks through eco-fashion

    June 21, 2019

    Born Kalimantan, Randi Julian Miranda has witnessed how Dayak tribes people have been left behind in the face of the rapid development attributed to massive palm oil expansion.

    Another acute issue is rampant After applying for several scholarships to the United States and Europe, he won a scholarship in environmental studies, specializing in rural devel- opment in the University of Melbourne in 2017. [Read More]

    Handep: Dayak fashion for the people, by the people

    June 14, 2019

    With the shift to a more ecologically minded wardrobe, more and more fashion brands are replacing animal-based products with natural fibers from plants.

    While eco-fashion brands are becoming increasingly common these days, one initiative from Indonesia takes it a step further. Meet Handep, a newly established fashion brand from Central Kalimantan. [Read More]

    Mengenalkan KalTeng Melalui Fashion

    May 16, 2019

    Palangka Raya, 15/5/19 (Dayak News). Handep Haruei, nama yang tentu mungkin asing di telinga warga Kalimantan Tengah (Kalteng). Namun untuk daerah di luar Kalteng nama ini sudah diperhitungkan sebagai salah satu brand yang dikenal dengan produk fashionnya yang menggunakan bahan baku rotan.

    Handep adalah usaha sosial yang bekerja sama dengan masyarakat desa khususnya para perempuan dan petani kecil. Mereka mengajak masyarakat untuk membuat produk fashion ramah lingkungan yang mengkombinasikan tradisi dan modernisasi.

    Handep menerapkan prinsip perdagangan yang adil, pengembangan kapasitas, dan kerjasama jangka panjang dengan masyarakat pedesaan. Selain memberikan harga yang lebih baik untuk produk-produk anyaman rotan para pengerajin, Handep juga memberikan 20% profitnya kepada penduduk desa yang bermitra dengan mereka.[Read More]

    Re-introducing farming to the young people in Borneo

    October 1, 2018

    Central Kalimantan has been subject to global attention for decades especially for its tropical rainforest and rich biodiversity. Much of the news has concentrated on its forests are being cut and degraded for timber, palm oil, pulp, rubber and minerals, resulting in the extinction of endemic animals such as the orangutan and hornbill; and raging forest and peat fires during the dry season.

    Unfortunately, little is spoken about how these extractive industries evicted local communities and eroded the Dayak livelihoods, cultures and traditions embedded in the forests. [Read More]

    For Many Women in Rural Indonesia, Gender Equality is a Far-Fetched Dream

    April 05, 2018

    The long-standing fight of feminist movement to foster an egalitarian society has undeniably brought about positive changes in some parts of the world, especially in the West. From the first wave feminism to post-modernism, feminist groups have been through never-ending battles.

    The impact of feminism, however, might be less powerful in the southern hemisphere. In Indonesia, despite a growing number of women gaining access to higher education, workforce, and to the public and political sphere, transformation unfortunately mostly occurs in the urban areas. The face of women in the rural parts of this country has remain largely unchanged. Many of them remain uneducated, kept in the domestic domain and seen as a means for reproduction. They are dependent on men for their living and, ironically, portrayed as “weak” beings. [Read More]

    Double standards in Indonesia's climate policy

    January 4, 2018

    The nexus between climate change and economic development is complex. Indonesia heavily relies on forestry, agriculture and the mining industry as the backbone of its economy, accounting for nearly 40 percent of its gross domestic product and making up nearly half of the national export value. However, these sectors also contribute to approximately 80 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions. Deforestation in particular makes up 62 percent of its national emissions.

    This is the rationale behind Indonesia’s mitigation measures which heavily focus on land use, land use change and forestry and energy-derived emissions where 80 percent of the national emission reduction actions focus on the LULUCF. Let’s look at the progress of Indonesia’s emission reduction from deforestation in the last decade. [Read More]

    The Indigenous Dayaks and forest-dependent communities are not to blame for the raging forest fires in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia!

    September 15, 2016

    Two major islands in Indonesia; Sumatra and Kalimantan have been witnessing and suffering from forest fires since 1980s; an annual disaster that does not only pose detrimental impacts on the health, but also economy, social and culture of people in the region.

    The question remains around the major drivers of this devastating wild-fire and who to put the blame on, although this is not supposed to be the focus on the prevention and mitigation strategy. [Read More]