The Jakarta Post
An artist, an art student and a professor of art and design in the United States have won a batik designing competition held jointly by all Indonesian foreign mission offices in the US after beating dozens other applicants.
The embassy threw a gala dinner in Washington DC to honor the three winners of the 2nd American Batik Competition on Wednesday evening local time. The dinner was preceded by a fashion show displaying five finalists' batik creations and batik from Indonesian designers.
Like the 1st American Batik Competition in 2011, the second competition attracted applicants from various circles such as designers, businesspeople, students and art connoisseurs.
This year, the theme for the competition was 'The spirit of America in the heritage of batik."
Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal said as quoted in a press release made available on Thursday that he wanted to see batik become a fashion trend in the world's fashion centers such as New York.
Since 2011, the competitions have seen batik designs with diverse themes such as cowboy, totem, wheat, star and stripes, buffaloes and electronic QR code.
The winners of the competition are: Donna Backues, a studio artist and illustrator from Philadelphia, PA with her design "Ring of Fire Lighting the Flame of Liberty"; Anica Buckson, a fashion design student from Brighton, MA with "North Native America"; and Christiane Grauert, an associate professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, WI with "Many Faces Many Voices."
Each of the three winners have been awarded tickets to visit Indonesia on a two-week tour to batik centers, an opportunity to exhibit their works in Indonesia and the US as well as $7000 in cash.
The gala dinner also marked the start of Indonesian Celebration Week from Oct. 31 until Nov. 4, which was opened by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
The Indonesian week will present a series of gamelan performances from Indonesian and American groups. The event will take place at Sakler Gallery-Smithsonian, Washington DC.