The Jakarta Post
The batik-making process. (Shutterstock/File)
A short course on batik making for foreign students has been opened by the Arts and Design Faculty of the state-run Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java.
The International Batik Short Course was held for six days during the student holidays and provided its 10 participants with information about batik and the techniques of making it.
The students, who hailed from the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Tajikistan and Greece, also received the opportunity to watch the actual batik-making process in several villages, as well to as spend the night and observe the life of batik artisans.
Foreign students learn batik-making during the International Batik Short Course. (Tribun Jateng/Akbar Hari Mukti)
The course's committee head Tiwi Bina Affanti told tempo.co that six days were not be enough to make its participants experts in batik making, especially when the class was only for beginners. “We will hold another short course for the next level,” she said.
One of the participants from the Philippines, Leizel Duhaylungsod, said that she wanted to learn to make batik as she studied Indonesian literature at UNS. She also regarded learning about batik as one of the ways to further explore Indonesian culture.
The short course is planned to be held twice a year. The faculty is currently creating a batik lab that later can be used to conduct the activity. (wir/kes)
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