Entries by Daniel Gundlach

Coloring a batik with indigo

My friend Bu Dalmini was recently here in San Francisco to give hands on batik making demonstrations at the Indonesian Consulate residence, Wisma Indonesia, and at the San Francisco Tribal Art and Textile Show. She worked on the same cloth, a kain panjang or hip wrapper with the a long bean motif. She very kindly […]

Three Pines Farm

Iowa is a state I’ve never visited and not much came to mind in anticipation except endless stretches of farmland, desolate, windy, and barren in the winter, not unlike my native Ohio. What I didn’t anticipate was the warmth and humanity of the people I would encounter there. An invitation to give a workshop at […]

Tinctori, Indigolandia

Recently I was invited by my friend Saiful Nurudin to visit his family’s indigo production in the small kampung of Jlamprng Wetan about 10 kilometers from Ambarawa. It was a fascinating and educational 4 days during which I observed each step of the process from harvest to finished product. Here are some photos to illustrate […]

Batik Bima Sakti:Laba-laba motif

Recently I visited Bu Hartinah of the batik -making collective in Giriloyo, Jogjakarta. My friend, batik artist Brigitte Wallach introduced me to their work through an exhibition she had of her collection of Bima Sakti batiks at the Museum Tekstil in Jakarta in August of 2015. I was particularly taken by a batik with a […]

Rudolf Smend and Birigitte Willach Batik Collections at Museum Tekstil, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Museum Tekstil in Jakarta recently honored two Germans who have contributed greatly to the promotion and appreciation of Javanese batik internationally. Brigitte Willach of Hanover has been supporting the kelompok Bimasakti, in Giriloyo, Bantul, south of Yogyakarta, a batik collective of women dedicated to creating batik in the tradition of the keraton, since 1985. […]

Contemporary Batik in the Pesisir Tradition

This is a batik from the workshop of Sutoyo Slamet from Wiradesa, Pekalongan, also mentioned in my previous post on Pesisir batik. What stands out immediately for me in his work, is the delicate artistry and precision of the waxing. The canting his pembatik use has an opening so small, it can barely be seen […]

Batik Pesisir, Yesterday and Today

Batik Pesisir was produced in coastal areas of northern Java and Madura that were exposed to sea trading and  consequently  was influenced by cultures from other parts of the world. It was distinguished from the batik that came from the rest of Java which emanated originally from the keraton, or royal courts, and was fundamentally […]