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Jakarta Post

Iwan Tirta, a man of many talents

  • Bruce Emond


Jakarta   /   Sun, August 1 2010   /  03:39 pm

Batik designer Iwan Tirta, who died Saturday at the age of 75, believed strongly in the need to reinvent oneself. He kept true to his word during an eventful life, moving from a law background to become the nation's foremost batik authority and designer, and later a food consultant and cultural advocate. He died at 8:35 a.m. at Abdi Waluyo Hospital in Menteng, Central Jakarta, not far from his longtime home at Jl. Panarukan 25. He had been hospitalized for 10 days due to complications affecting his major organs, his assistant, Tisna, said. He was buried at Karet Bivak Cemetery. His death was greeted with messages celebrating his leading role in batik design in the 1970s and 1980s, long before the resurgence of interest in the art in the past four years. One tweet called for the wearing of batik for a week in Iwan's honor. Born Nusjirwan Tirtaamidjaja in Blora, Central Jav...