Thursday, June 30, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
This is the pattern of Deer (from Istana Bogor where there are lots of deers on the lawn) and Bunga Bunkai (Amorphophallus titanum). Batik Bogor is all tulis (hand drawn) but the work is more simple and rustic, but the colour is charming. There are other patterns such as taro plants, agricultural tools and cloud rain thunderstorm, rafflesia, waterlily and others.
Batik Bogor is quite different from other West Java Batik and certainly very different from the post Independence Batik Indonesia.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The shirt is from Batik Komar of Bandung. The batik is done from both Tulis (hand drawn) and Cap (from a metal stamp) Combinasi. I observed both processes and they are equally time consumming and fascinating. Cotton fabric top grade has a special weave, and both front and back of cotton need to be waxed before dipping in dye. That is why it takes at least a few weeks to months to work on a single fabric. The more colours the more complex the work and more time is needed.
Good works are generally hard to find nowadays as cheap printing (which is not batik at all) competes in the market. If this and the next generations of Indonesians do not know how to appreciate or do not care about batik, then the good work and art form will gradually disappear. Batik already started the decline since 1930s and thru the 1970s and only in recent years with the status of UNESCO heritage for Indonesia starting to see the light...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I bought all these batik cloth, shirts and traditional items from Java. All of the clothes are of exceptional quality. The colourful ones from West Java, with Batik Bogor featuring the motif of deer and Amorphophallus. The more serious ones from Yogyakarta and has the court motif of Garuda.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I wrote about my recent visit to Kebun Raya Bogor. Here is the link, or just go to the article link on the right to thingsasian.
I would never forget the cats at the Guesthouse. In the afternoon, they sounded like little babies needing attention.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I have written a new article here at Thingsasian. Just copy this link or go to the right side of the page to the article list.