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 255 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 is known for her expertise on the textiles of Southeast Asia. She is the author of Ancestral Ships: Fabric Impressions of Old Lampung Culture (1987). She has also contributed essays on Southeast Asian textiles to numerous publications including Sacred Threads: Ceremonial Textiles of Southeast Asia (2001) and Power Dressing: Textiles for Rulers and Priests (2005). Lee began her career with the National Museum of Singapore in 1985, before setting up the Chinese and Southeast Asia galleries at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Returning to the National Museum as Director, she has been pivotal in guiding the museum through its redevelopment and upcoming launch in December 2006.


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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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