Opening Art Talk
The Rich Heritage of Indonesian Batik – the story of a Cloth Time Traveller
Batik, or cloth made using wax-resisting dyeing technique, could be said to be as old as the people of the Indonesian archipelago, and is found in important rituals and everyday lives of Indonesians from birth to burial. In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian Batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The talk will be a journey to explore the cultural heritage and artistic tradition of Batik as the fabric has evolved through the ages.
Date and time: 25 MAY, 2016 | 6:00pm
Venue: University Museum and Art Gallery, 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, The University of Hong Kong,90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
About the speaker: Josephine Komara (a.k.a. Obin), is a well-known textile designer from Indonesia and the founder of the Museum Kain in Bali. She has been honoured as one of Indonesia’s living National Treasures for her creative and preservation work with textiles. She spent her childhood in Hong Kong and later returned to Indonesia, which laid the groundwork for her appreciation of how diverse cultural traditions have evolved along with modern Batik production.