Batik - Creating an Identity


Text by Chor Lin Lee, Photographs by Tara Sosrowardoyo and Chee Kheong Lee and Keen Fi Ho

... is an important addition to the body of knowledge about these beautiful handmade works
of art on cloth.

~ Bill Dalton, Bali Advertiser

144 pp, 265 mm x 254 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4155-91-5
RRP USD30.00 buy from amazon

Category: Art & Fashion
Theme: Indonesia

For the Javanese, batik is more than just shirts and sarung, The patterns and motifs express their various local identities; they are statements of Javanese life and philosophy. This book examines the role of batik within the social and cultural context of modern Indonesia and Singapore, and exposes the reader to the rich plethora of styles in both classical and contemporary batik. It also provides an insight into Indonesian batik craftsmen, and pays tribute to their technical skills and artistry.

... is an important addition to the body of knowledge about these beautiful handmade works
of art on cloth.

- Bill Dalton, Bali Advertiser

Lee Chor Lin's museum career began in 1985 as curator for the Southeast Asian collection at the National Museum of Singapore. She was later involved in the development of several museums and heritage institutions in Singapore, such as Asian Civilisations Museum in the capacity of Senior Curator, and the National Museum (2003–2013) as Director. Her dynamic leadership turned Singapore’s static museum landscape into a progressive and vibrant phenomenon. Lee is also a member of the advisory committee for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, which is slated to open in 2019.

She has published several titles on Asian textiles, including Ancestral Ships: Fabric Impressions of Old Lampung Culture; Sacred Threads: Ceremonial Textiles of Southeast Asia; Power Dressing: Textiles for Rulers and Priests and chapters in the Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion for South Asia and Southeast Asia.


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Tara Sosrowardoyo started his career in photography in 1977 as a stills photographer in the Indonesian film industry.

A joint or sole contributor of images to many books, Tara has also been featured in publications worldwide such as The New York TimesTimeGEOAsiaweekNewsweekMarie Claire, and The New Yorker. He has shot multiple TIME (Asia) magazine covers and many portraits of influential figures in politics, business and the arts in Southeast Asia.

Tara has participated in numerous photography exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. He has held solo exhibitions at the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia (1995); Gedung 28 in Jakarta, (2002); Valentine Fine Art gallery in Kuala Lumpur (2003) and at Zinc Gallery in Kuala Lumpur (2010). Tara is based in both Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

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