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Mataguru: A tribute to batik maestro Iwan Tirta

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  02:30 am

Tree of life: The collection features pohon hayat (tree of life) patterns that symbolize the origins and cycle of life.In an era when you can purchase batik-patterned fabrics on the cheap, authentic handmade batik has become somewhat of a luxury.Handmade batik may come at a high price, but the quality is a reminder that the fabric was made by the hands of skilled artisans utilizing techniques and knowledge perfected throughout the ages.In an era when you can purchase batik-patterned fabrics on the cheap, authentic handmade batik has become somewhat of a luxury.The name of late maestro Iwan Tirta is closely associated with handmade batik. The designer received a law degree from Yale University in the United States in 1965 but turned to his attention to preserving the heritage of batik in the 1970s, a passion he maintained until his passing in 2010.He had illustrious clients, chief among t...