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Daniel Gundlach in Surakarta, Indonesia
I met Daniel Gundlach when I was still living in San Francisco. I was looking for a collaborator for some batik projects and found him through his business, The Language of Cloth. It seemed we had a mutual friend in Rudolf Smend, the pre-eminent collector and curator of batik textiles, and with that and a shared interest in natural dye processes we had a lot to base a friendship upon.
|Indonesian boys dressed in traditional batik|
Several years later Danny and I were discussing the idea for making a film about batik, and it was then that I learned Danny had collected thousands of images of life in Indonesia through his bi-annual tours over a period of fifteen years.
|Artisan batik maker sitting on the floor holding areas with batik wax.|
The film “BATIK OF JAVA: A VISUAL JOURNEY” offers a wonderful overview into the national treasure of Indonesia. A wonderful opportunity to learn batik visually, and an excellent basis for moving on to appreciate some of the many books on batik, surface design, and Indonesian Art & Culture.
With thanks to the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), the American Indonesian Cultural & Educational Foundation, the San Francisco Indonesian Film Festival, the Batik Guild of Great Britain, Annegret Haake, Brigitte Willach, Rudolf Smend, Inger McCabe Elliott, Sue & David Richardson, The Indonesian Consulate of San Francisco, Gwen Jones and Hafidz Effendi for their support and assistance in this project.
"...The film Batik of Java: A Visual Journey contradicts the inevitability of industrialization – at least in batik-making, introducing us instead to village makers and city artists who remain grounded in their natural, social and cultural ecology, in a living system of community-based artisans and entrepreneurs, able to co-exist with industrialization and modernization on their own terms." - Eric Casino, Social Anthropologist, Former Head of the Division of Anthropology, National Museum of the Philippines.
The film is now available as a DVD and online from Galli Publishing in a long format of 90 minutes with English Subtitles.
Official Selection - 2018 San Francisco Indonesian Film Festival
FILM SCREENING: Slow Fiber Studios, Berkeley, California, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
For more information, please read this wonderful review of the experience of making this film written by Jessicha Valentina of the Jakarta Post.