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Batik Workshop

Batik Workshop


Wita Salim will showcase batik, an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the fabric to create exclusive patterns and designs. Participants will use this technique to create their own batik scarf. All materials provided.

Indonesian Batik was designated as Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

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About the Presenter

Wita Salim PradonggoI is one of the founders of Rumah Indonesia. She is an Indonesian language teacher, interpreter, engineer, with a drive to share the Indonesian culture with the world. 


This program is appropriate for ages 18 and above. Register by clicking on the "Begin Registration" button (below). 

Friday, May 17, 2024
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Thomas Jefferson Meeting Room 1, Thomas Jefferson Meeting Room 2
Library Branch:
Thomas Jefferson Library
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage
  Adults     Older Adults  

Registration is required. There are 7 seats available.

FCPL Event Guidelines

Batik is an Indonesian traditional fabric dyeing art. The craft of batik is tied with the Indonesian cultural identity and often expresses symbolic meaning through its color and design. Batik’s name comes from the Javanese words amba which means ‘to write’ and nitik or titik which means ‘dots’ - making the literal meaning into writing with dots. This describes the process of batik making, where craftspeople would draw lines and dots with dye-resistant waxes before the fabric dyeing process, leaving behind intricate patterns on the fabric. In particular, batik tulis, which is done in the traditional process of making batik by hand using wax and a special tool called canting - is highly priced and coveted not only as a garment but also as an artform. This workshop is done to teach anyone who wishes to learn the basics of this art and explore the process of creating your own batik.

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