Batik Making with the Indonesian Embassy

The UP Institute of Islamic Studies, the UP Asian Center and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in the Philippines held a free batik-making workshop last May 11, 2019, Saturday (9 am–12 noon) at the Asian Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City. The activity was participated in by Bahasa Indonesia Level 1 and 2 students and other interested members of the UP community.

Originated from the old practice of tattooing known as batuk to some Austronesian people in Southeast Asia, batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practiced for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there (The Batik Guild, n.d.).

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The participants drew pictures on white cloth and traced their outlines with a special instrument called tjanting that thinly-ladled hot liquid wax. The parts covered in wax keep the original white color of the cloth. Thereafter, participants colored their drawings and cloth with dyes that they favored. The batik frames were dried before and after brushing glue over them. Participants then dipped the frames into hot water and dried them for the last time. The batik workshop produced frames of such vibrant colors and interesting designs to the delight of all.

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Philippines, represented by its Education and Cultural Attaché Dr. Lili Nurlaili and batik instructor Ibu Prita, sponsored the event with free materials and lunch from Warung restaurant. The UP Asian Center hosted the venue of the joint activity while the UP Institute of Islamic Studies provided equipment and materials.

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