Batik: Spectacular Textiles of Java
November 2012 – May 2013
One island; one sheet of cotton; one extraordinarily complicated technique. Hundreds of artists. A melting pot of cultures. Few art forms have become as closely associated with a single location as the textile tradition of batik and Indonesia. Although the technique of patterning cloth through the application of wax is known in other parts of the world, in Indonesia, especially on the island of Java, this art form has reached the highest level of complexity. Women in Java, working with simple materials, have developed remarkably diverse styles of decorating cloth. These styles are often associated with specific cities or villages and draw inspiration from a wide range of cultures and religions. This exhibition features batik made along the north coast of Java and the central court cities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta.