In a country like Indonesia, where creativity seems to bloom in its every corner, and where talent blossoms in the palms of its people, it is hard to ignore the beauty of the country’s local handicrafts. Passed down from one generation to another, handicraft is a national treasure that continues to develop alongside contemporary design.
It is believed that the old textile coloration technique called “Batik” came from Java, and was adopted in different ways by various ethnic groups in Indonesia. Nowadays, although there are many misconceptions of “Batik” being an industrially printed textile, the authentic “Batik” textiles are actually hand-made. One should be grateful that some artisans are strong-willed enough to retain the true culture of “Batik Tulis” (purely hand-painted Batik), even until today. In this craft zone are presented some examples of “Batik Tulis”, with cutting and pattern deriving from Betawi culture. “Keladi” flowers are often present as motif in the pieces, as it I is believed to be the source of health, whilst ornaments such as metal coins, representing happiness and wealth, add to the exquisiteness of the products.
Through this exhibit, the elegant “Batik Gobang” (Jakarta’s most celebrated Batik pattern) is exposed to the international public. The motifs are inspired by everyday Betawi icons, but also certain flora and fauna that are typical to the land and water of Jakarta, such as orchid, flamboyant, betel leaf, rambutan fruit, padda bird, betta fish, and butterfly. Once again, the eight icons of Jakarta are materialised through the practice of arts.