Design student Alejandra Gomez travels to Pekalongan in Indonesia to experience the soul of batik. Finding similarity with the practical lives of her Colombian parents, Alejandra immerses herself in the batik world. Goméz believes that if Indonesian batik seeks more success in the international market it could try simplifying its designs.
A recent article by Jean Shange from the University of Rwanda documents a successful collaboration between design students and local ‘artists’.
We’re very happy to announce a partnership with CRAFTISAN which offers an important link in the ethical supply chain.
Ashoke Chatterjee looks ahead to the Sustainable Development Goals that will be developed for 2015, with a hope it may address some of the urgent issues in the handcraft sector.
Priya Ravish Mehra is an influential figure in the Indian craft scene. For many years she has worked with traditional darners – ‘rafoogars’ – from her home town of Najibabad. In 2006, she brought out two rafoogars to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games cultural festival, where they were the subject of great fascination as experts … Continue reading Priya Ravish Mehra makes art inspired by rafoogars
Samorn Sanixay combines working as a designer in a Laos weaving workshop with her role as ‘big sister’ in support of Australian women refugees.
We’re very proud to show you the images of the Sangam banner made in batik by the master artisan Zahir Widadi, director of the Fakultas Batik in the Universitas Pekalongan, on the north coast of Java.
Mala di Jari Kita is an innovative project combining batik with photography by artists Mintio Samantha Tio (Singapore) and Kabul Budi Agung Kuswara (Indonesia) in collaboration by the batik-makers of Kebon Indah, in Indonesia.
Many academics are critical of ethical consumerism. While they may seem high-minded in their views, the critiques sometimes have valuable lessons.
As a craft, batik seems quintessentially Indonesian. After a dispute with Malaysia about its origin, UNESCO in 2009 officially recognised batik as part of Indonesia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. To celebrate, President Yudhoyono declared 2 October to be batik day, and called on all Indonesians to wear their national costume with pride every Friday. This proved … Continue reading Batik design partnerships in Indonesia
A one day conference will provide information necessary for participants to plan for export of their batik and craft products. This will include information about product design, e-commerce platforms and legal issues. For visitors to Central Java, it will be an opportunity to learn about the contemporary batik scene.
The handloom sector is facing a new crisis, even more serious than issues of competition, marketing, technology, livelihood and quality of life that have inhibited Indian weavers for decades from access to the unlimited opportunities that are possible today. The latest crisis could eliminate India’s rich handloom advantage forever. The crisis became evident suddenly, ostensibly … Continue reading Handloom crisis: A background note