The Art of Indonesian Batik

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dalmini, Kebon Indah batik cooperative

 Daniel Gundlach, The Language of Cloth

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia San Francisco

Although batik, meaning the technique of applying wax to cloth and dyeing it, is practiced in many parts of the world, it is particularly associated with Java, Indonesia where the craft has been practiced for centuries and where it has reached levels of great artistry, particularly in the practice of batik tulis – where designs are hand drawn on cloth using a small tool to apply the wax. This event will review how batik is made, stressing traditional methods, and will include a batik tulis demonstration.

Bu Dalmini comes from a batik making family and showed interest in the craft from an early age. After graduating from primary school, she worked for several years for large batik companies in Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). Now she is a leader of a group of local batik producers known as Kebon Indah, which is based near Klaten, Central Java – a very poor area that was particularly hard hit by a devastating earthquake in 2006. The group in particular emphasizes the use of natural dyes and traditional techniques. Daniel Gundlach runs his own batik business based in San Francisco and has spent significant time in Indonesia learning about batik and batik makers.

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