Batik designer Iwan Tirta
passes away

Iwan Tirta: JP
Iwan Tirta JP

Renowned batik designer Iwan Tirta died at 8:35 a.m. at Abdi Waluyo Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta. He was 75 years old.

In recent years Iwan had suffered from diabetes and a series of strokes, according to his assistant, Trisna. He was hospitalized for the last two weeks.

A Yale-educated lawyer, Iwan pursued his love of traditional batik in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming the country's leading authority on the traditional Javanese fabric. He designed for visiting dignitaries, including for US president Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, in the mid-1980s, and for the leaders at the 1994 APEC Summit.

In recent years, he also was a consultant for upmarket Indonesian restaurants. (brc)

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