Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Indonesian Batiks

Yesterday I was back at the Sadu House with a friend for an exhibition of Indonesian Batiks.  The opening of the event began with a speech by the Indonesian Ambassador and then there was a fashion show, bazaar and workshop.
We did not attend the workshop but did learn about the lengthy batik process.
Batik, the technique of decorating cloth with wax and dye, is considered both an art and a craft.  The process of adding wax and color is repeated over and over until the final result is achieved.
October 2nd is National Batik Day in Indonesia, celebrating the anniversary of batik being recognized by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity".
Even the cake rolls were decorated batik style.  
I'd love to visit Indonesia some day but not sure if that will ever happen.

Hope your Tuesday is a good one.

28 comments:

She loves to crochet said...

This looks so interesting, I used to do silk painting using wax. Hope you had a lovely time. Hx

Sam I Am...... said...

How fascinating is that?!? I do not care for the batik fabrics they mass generate in the fabric industry here but those are beautiful....you can't imitate an original and do it justice, I guess. Those are totally different and beautiful and to think I thought I did not like batiks based on what is in the fabric stores here. Even the deserts are beautiful. Thank you for sharing...the process looks very daunting but oh so interesting!

Jennifer Hays said...

How interesting! I've always liked batik but don't know much about how it is done. I would have really enjoyed attending this exhibit. Thanks for sharing, Tammy.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Beautiful....I did a batik piece in high school....I do remember it with fondness...not sure I still have it....

Angie said...

Tammy - what a grand event. I am impressed that the Ambassador attended. I noticed that many of the colors used in the batik on display were subdued tones - is that typical? Batik we see in the US tends to have bright hues like those in a rainbow. And now I am going to have something sweet - the striking cakes in your post gave me a craving!

Kit said...

What a great event! I love all the lovely patterns that can be created. Thanks for sharing. I learn so many new things from your posts. :) Kit

Betsy said...

That was fascinating Tammy. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I think Indonesia would be a wonderful place to visit too. Such gorgeous fabrics and I had no idea show it was made and painted.
Blessings,
Betsy

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
What a delightful post for me to read here!
You bring back so many fond memories about our life and work in Indonesia.
Yes, the making of those batik fabrics is ART work and so very tedious.
Did you get to feel some silk batik and some hand painted with gold batik?
Wish I could have been there, if only for speaking Bahasa Indonesia once again...
LOVE the batik themed cakes!
You had a very interesting day.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Mariette

Weekend-Windup said...

Making of the fabric looks good. It would be a tedious process to do it. All looks beautiful:)

Beca said...

It is a beautiful culture. There's such richness in the tapestries and the fabrics. Interesting.
xx Beca

Caterina Giglio said...

Wow, what an interesting post! My cousin is a batik artist, she started batik in the 60's and she still does it, such patience!! I just loved the floral designs.. Thanks for such fascinating posts!! xox

Susan said...

Ooooo, I think Indonesian batiks are so beautiful, Tammy. So glad you were able to hear all about how they are made. Thanks for your visits to my posts. Always love seeing that you visited. Hugs. Susan

Lotusblommans vardag said...

So beautiful batik! Very much an artform if you ask me.
Looks like very exclusive quality on those at the exhibition.

You travel so much that I am almost sure you´ll visit even
Indonesia one day. :D

And the cakerolls looks both delicious and too amazing to eat!

Warm and friendly thoughts to you my friend.
Sussie

linda said...

How interesting, I would have loved to attend it sounds fascinating. :) xx

Maya Kuzman said...

Ooo... the name itself sounds mystique and Oriental. Batik. I am always drawn to the name that stands for wonderfully colored and designed fabric. An endless source of inspiration. Thank you for sharing this with us! I would love to see in person the making of one :)

Lyn said...

I love this post, I have had a go at batik and it is not as easy as it looks! Those cKes are fab too! Xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh wow.. I bet you learned a LOT about how it's made. I adore batik. You said there was a bazaar.. does that mean batik for sale? I'd have love to have seen the sales items.. did you bring any home? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Derya said...

Hi Tammy, Batik art is different than we are, but I like the Indonesian style too. You are very active in joining wonderful organizers. The pies in the show also look delicious :)

Lorrie said...

Batik fabrics are so beautiful, and reflect a lot of work. What interesting exhibitions and places you visit.

Mereknits said...

So fascinating, I bet the fabrics were incredible up close. Glad you had a great time.

living simplicity said...

What a beautiful day to be surrounded by so much inspiration 😊 I sew with batik fabrics and find them a tremendous tool to bring to life my creative vision 🙂 ... thank you for sharing ....

Createology said...

I learn so much when I visit you Tammy. Batik has always been a favorite of mine. What a lovely celebration you attended. Even Batik designed cakes! <3

Mia said...

What a beautiful event, Tammy. I am glad you had a great time. I love Batik. I would love the learn how to dye my own batik fabrics. Kisses, my friend.

kathyinozarks said...

Beautiful post when I was quilting more I loved batiks so much-they are always so beautiful loved the pretty cakes too

handmade by amalia said...

I would love to have joined you, just my kind of event. The fabrics are so beautiful and the cakes as well, I've never seen cakes marbled like this.
Amalia
xo

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

What a lovely event, Tammy. Wow, these batiks are gorgeous and the cakes look amazing as well.
Have a wonderful day!
xo Julia

Quinn said...

So interesting, as always - thanks for sharing! I did a couple of batik pieces back when I was about 18...back before the internet and youtube, when I would either get a book from the library to learn how to do something or else just make it up as I went along. As I recall, the results were often quite satisfying! What happened to that energy and jump-in-edness? Well, I guess I can still jump in well enough, but the energy...that's a real problem.

Jodiebodie said...

What a beautiful exhibition. I love the intricate patterns. It truly is an art form that takes skilled eyes and hands to create. I experimented with basic batik methods at university and appreciate the skills required very much. I am in awe of the exquisite patterns you have shown us.

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