BATIK: SPECTACULAR TEXTILES OF JAVA

THE ASIAN ART MUSEUM IN SAN FRANCISCO

November 2, 2012 to May 5, 2013
Batik-exhibition-1
Batik is found almost everywhere today – as upholstery fabric, as fashion fabric or as a work of art.  This exhibit is a reminder of what batik first looked like and how it incorporated motifs from a wide variety of religions and cultures into its design.
The art of batik, a wax- resist dyeing technique may have been practiced for thousands of years in other parts of Asia but it was in Indonesia on the island of Java that  batik  has not only reached  the highest level of craftsmanship but has long played  an important role for everyday and ceremonial cloth.
Special designs were used for special occasions and sometimes batik was decorated with gold leaf or dust. Contemporary batik is very different in color and design from the traditional methods used in Yogyakarta and Surakarta. While traditional batik uses predominantly indigo and brown — most commonly available natural dyes — batik artists now use an array of striking colors and designs.
Enjoy the exhibit!
Elisabeth and Natasha
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