This combined workshop brings you two of Indonesia’s great textile traditions: an immersion into the spirit and practice of batik from Java, and a hands-on experience of the archipelago’s indigenous natural dye traditions. The workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners alike.
The practice of batik is deeply rooted in the cultural history of Indonesia, with techniques passed on orally through the generations. According to Agus and Nia, part of this oral tradition is Java’s ancient Three Worlds (Tribawana) creative process. With the potential to open a path for pure creative energy within each person, this three-fold process teaches participants to look for the source of creative inspiration within themselves, to develop an intuitive connection with the natural world, and to discover a personal spiritual connection with the creative source.
Alongside the batik, the Threads of Life’s dye team will offer: dyeing and preparing dye with fresh indigo (Indigofera tinctoria, I. suffruticosa, Strobilanthes cusia) from the dye garden; use of sustainably sourced Ceriops dyes that form the basis of the brown in Central Javanese batik; and an exploration of Indonesia’s indigenous red dye from the root bark of Morinda citrifolia, including preparation for the 2-month oiling process, and use of the Symplocos plant-based alum mordant.
Hosted at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and botanical garden, the workshop’s dye component will be led by staff dyers Komang Sujata, Wayan Sukadana and ethnobotanist Made Maduarta using plants from the studio’s own gardens and Threads of Life’s network of dyers. Komang, Wayan and Made each have 15 years of collaborative field research experience studying, documenting, replicating, and teaching dye recipes learned from indigenous master natural dyers across the archipelago.
Husband and wife batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam were the first in Indonesia to extensively explore the medium of Javanese batik as contemporary textile art outside the boundaries of modern batik painting. Ismoyo comes from a family whose ancestors produced batik in Surakarta, Central Java. Fliam studied at the Pratt Institute, New York, and has practised batik since 1983. They have exhibited extensively in Indonesia, Europe, the United States, Australia, and Southeast Asia and their work is in the permanent collections of museums, galleries and private collectors around the world. Beginning in 1988, they taught workshops and have collaborated creatively with African, Australian Aboriginal and North American First Nation artists. From this work, they have developed a teaching methodology that embraces cultural diversity yet is deeply rooted in the cultural history of Indonesia. Their workshop introduces Java’s ancient Three Worlds (Tribawana) creative process that teaches participants to look for the source of creativity within themselves by becoming one with nature and the creative source; to discover an intuitive sensitivity as a channel for their creative energies; and through this to forge a path to their own creative process.
Daily Workshop Schedule
09:00 – 10:00 Creative process exercises
10:00 – 12:00 Batik workshop
12:00 – 13:00 Dye work by studio staff
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Batik workshop
17:00 – 18:00 Dye work by studio staff
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