Madam Rusdiana Puja, spouse of the Ambassador of Indonesia.
By Roy Lie Atjam.
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague in conjunction with Sahabat Budaya Indonesia organized a “A One Day Batik Workshop”. The Workshop was held on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at Aula Nusantara of the Indonesian Embassy.
The welcome remarks were delivered by Madam Rusdiana Puja, spouse of the Ambassador of Indonesia.
The traditional Indonesian Batik is a technique of manual wax dying. It is alleged the word batik refers to the tika flower. Batik is an Indonesian cultural heritage and has been recognized by UNESCO as such. The World Craft Council WCC has designated Jogja as the World Batik City.
The Prominent Batik expert Pak Muhammad Sartono, specially flown in from Indonesia, shared his knowledge of batik with a group of eager students.
On the program featured: an introduction on batik, batik lesson and practice, the colouring process and the finishing process.
The workshop has been entirely interactive, this contrary to the textile and batik demo held a few years back which was more academic in nature.
Pak Muhammad Sartono a true pedagogue, took the students by the hand as it were and navigate them through the whole process of making their batik fabric. A very gratifying experience.
The workshop was attended by members of the Ambassador’s Spouse Association (ASA), ASEAN Ladies’ Circle (ALC), furthermore, by friends of Indonesia.
After the Netherlands, Pak Muhammad Sartono’s European tour will take him to Paris before returning to Indonesia.
By all means, the one day batik workshop has been enlightening and a towering success. The atmosphere was relaxed and pleasant. Bravo!