Batik of Java: A Visual Journey

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Studio Galli Productions

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The most comprehensive batik film available is now available online! Come along as we explore all of the facets of making batik -- from drawing to waxing to dyeing and finishing. Many design studios are visited with visually stunning examples -- most of which are produced with natural dyes. Tritik, Nitik and many traditional and contemporary designs are covered as we explore Javanese batik in this exciting film from Galli Creative.

Batik Process: Step by Step

We begin with an overview of the batik making process, step by step. We explore early patterning and the influences of culture and trade on both design and choice of color.

We visit a family in Ambarawa, north Java, who produce indigo pigment to supply to numerous workshops across Java. From there we visit a collective of artisans in Central Java who take us through then entire process with rich narrative and stunning visuals along the way. We learn about their interesting past and their ideas for the future.

Batik makers often use imported synthetic dye, however, in Java more and more artisans are returning to traditional methods, by producing batik with natural dyes from plants that grow abundantly in the wet tropical soil.

The Artisan and their Craft

Once we have explored the process of batik, we move on to look at the work of four talented artisans and groups making a living with batik. We look at historical patterns being masterfully recreated, as well as contemporary styles influenced by a love of Asian Art.

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.
Includes DVD notes (eBOOK) and other companion materials.

Produced by Andrew Galli and Daniel Gundlach. With thanks to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce for their support in the making of this film.

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