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Jakarta Post

Batik: A living heritage

  • Jenée Tibshraeny

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 12 2012   /  02:12 pm

From the depths of dimly lit workshops, hazed by Java’s humidity and smothered by vapors of molten wax, comes the universal language -- batik.

The art form has documented Indonesian history, culture, landscapes, religion and society on exquisitely dyed pieces of cloth for centuries.

Yet the laborious task of spending up to year using canting, a fountain pen-like tool to apply liquid wax to a cloth, transcends time and space.

The imprints of patience and intimacy that batik artists leave on their work are manifestations of humanity as much as they are manifestations of Indonesia.

Along with the Clean Batik Initiative, JERIN — a project platform put forward by the German Embassy in Jakarta, the Goethe-Institute Jakarta and the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce — are sharing this message in a batik exhibition at the Galeri Nasional Indon...