Indigo is making a resurgence in contemporary batik. It had been the primary source of blue color in batik for many years up until the introduction of chemical dyes at the turn of the century.There are a number of contemporary batik-makers who are discovering the beauty of indigo blue. Some are even growing there own indigo plants and producing the dye themselves. Here are some photos from two recent excursions into the world of indigo batik. Meet Hanafi, Iful, and Solikhin who are making great strides in re-introducing indigo to the world of batik again.

After the indigo plants have soaked a few days in a vat with lime, they are removed and the remaining liquid is oxygenated.[nggallery id=7]

Would you like your very own Botero, Van Gogh, Ver Meer?

Then you should visit Vietnam where countless numbers of young artists, painters, copiers, entrepreneurs, students, whatever, produce paintings sold by the size. You can find copies of fine art, copies of photographs, original paintings, paintings in the style of other artists, whatever. Studio/galleries line the streets of the back-packer ghettos and paintings can be had for a back-packer’s budget.

Click on this photo to go to a gallery of photos from my recent trip to Vietnam to see more.



A recent trip to Ho Chi Minh City, surprisingly referred to as Saigon by most locals, especially younger ones, stimulated every sense to maximum levels. The visual of course is probably the most immediate sense to be stimulated. Here are a few photos yet to be labeled to show you what I mean by stimulating. Click on any photo to enlarge.

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