In 2020 Du Anyam started on a new journey to use the beautiful and versatile Purun grass from South Kalimantan. Using Purun, that grow naturally in the peatlands as our new weaving material, extends positive impact beyond the social welfare of the women weavers. Supporting native plant growth in the peatlands sustains the peatland ecosystem which have an important role in mitigating global climate change, crucial environmental issues (drought, forest fires, flooding) and preserve global biodiversity.
Purun is a grass-like plant that grow naturally in the peatlands.
What are peatlands
Peatlands are wetlands of 10% organic matter and 90% water
Importance of Peatlands
Peatlands play a critical role in preserving global biodiversity, provide safe drinking water, minimise flood risk and help address climate change.
Habitat for a wide variety of plants, birds and insects
Deep water reserve tank
Flood and fire prevention
As a natural CO2 trap
Source of community income
Won’t the use of purun make it endangered too?
No. As native peatland plants, when grown plants are plucked, regrowth occurs naturally whilst maintaining the natural hydraulic function of the peatland ecosystem.
What can you do?
Buying purun means supporting the local weaving community, who are important stakeholders, in protecting the peatlands against misuse, burning, land conversion and degradation
“One purun can make a difference. YOU, can make a difference.”