Batik Uniting the Nations: Gelar Batik Nusantara, Jakarta 2015

Welcome to my world of batik.

Welcome to my world of batik.

This is one of the many exhibitors’ booths in the bi-annual Gelar Batik Nusantara, the biggest and most comprehensive exhibition of batik in Indonesia. It’s primary purpose is to promote batik in its many forms from every part of Indonesia, from contemporary designers, collectors of antique batik, writers, and historians. In the photo above are very fine examples of antique pesisir batik from the northern coast of Java, many rare, signed batik from the collection of Erie Prakoso, Enchanted Batik http://www.enchantedbatik.com/Batik, Uniting Nations

Batik, Uniting Nations

The exhibition was held from June 24-28, 2015 at the Jakarta gelarbatiknusantara

It was my first time to experience this extraordinary exhibition and I would like to introduce you to just a few of the highlights with these photographs.

Museum Tekstil was represented by a sampling of the exquisite batik from their permanent collection.

Museum Tekstil was represented by a sampling of the exquisite batik from their permanent collection.

Museum Tekstil in Jakarta offered a number of demonstrations and programs during the exhibition along with a beautiful presentation of the finest historical batik representing the many traditional motifs. The museum has been very important in promoting and educating Indonesians about their batik heritage. museumtekstiljakarta

Puro Pakualaman, batik from the tradition of the keraton.

Puro Pakualaman, batik from the tradition of the keraton.

Many new batik designs based on motifs inspired by the sacred writings from the Pakualaman were shown for the first time in this exhibition. puropakualaman

An amazing exhibit of extraordinary batik based on the traditions of the Keraton of Cirebon

An amazing exhibit of extraordinary batik based on the traditions of the Keraton of Cirebon

Detail of kain panjang motif, Taman Arum, Cirebon

Detail of kain panjang motif, Taman Arum, Cirebon

This exhibition of Cirebonese batik within the context of the larger exhibition GBN was produced and presented by Komarudin Kudiya who has been a pioneering figure in the world of batik for many years. batik-komar

We LOVE Batik (in the booth of Enchanted Batik

We LOVE Batik (in the booth of Enchanted Batik

Batik artist, Dudung of Pekalongan, with a special exhibit of his new work

Batik artist, Dudung of Pekalongan, with a special exhibit of his new work

How much is it?

How much is it?

A feast for the eyes.

A feast for the eyes.

I love laba-laba motif

I love laba-laba motif

Endless creativity

Endless creativity

A special exhibit from the collection of Hartono Sumarsono

A special exhibit from the collection of Hartono Sumarsono

GBN featured a magnificent presentation of antique batik from the collection of Hartono Sumarsono.

Arabic motifs from Mr. Sumarsono's collection

Arabic motifs from Mr. Sumarsono’s collection

Mr. Sumarsono's exhibit was of museum quality.

Mr. Sumarsono’s exhibit was of museum quality.

Indian and Chinese influence from Mr. Sumarsono's collection

Indian and Chinese influence from Mr. Sumarsono’s collection

A collector from London inspects a songkhet

A collector from London inspects a songkhet

While the exhibition is primarily focused on batik, it would be impossible to exclude other textile traditions from the mix.

Seribu Burung motif (one thousand birds). I regret not buying it.

Seribu Burung motif (one thousand birds).
I regret not buying it.

Batik is big business in Indonesia and people come to this exhibition from all over the world to look for look for the perfect piece to buy.

Bu Ani Yudhoyono, wife of former president Susulo Bambang Yudhoyono, spotted among the shoppers.

Bu Ani Yudhoyono, wife of former president Susulo Bambang Yudhoyono, spotted among the shoppers.

Author Brigitte Willach signing copies of her new book, Bimasakti

Author Brigitte Willach signing copies of her new book, Bimasakti

Brigitte Willach has been collecting batik from a remarkable group of women batik artisans known as Bimasakti from Giriloyo, Bantul for over 30 years. A selection of her extraordinary collection was recently featured at the Tekstil Museum in Jakarta. She is an accomplished batik artist as well.

Brigitte Willach showing one of her batik paintings

Brigitte Willach showing one of her batik paintings

Rudolf Smend signing one of his books about batik

Rudolf Smend signing one of his books about batik

Often batik is first discovered through books, and Rudolf Smend has made great contributions in this field with several books on batik and a new one soon to be published by Periplus periplus

The best eyes in the world for batik

The best eyes in the world for batik

Don Harper evaluating someone’s collection of batik. He is also a co-contributor to many books on textiles and The expert all collectors want to meet. He has an online museum of his collection here: eastindiesmuseum

how to wear a kain panjang without cutting or sewing.

how to wear a kain panjang without cutting or sewing.

Thank-you for loving batik as much as I do.

Thank-you for loving batik as much as I do.

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