Katura: A Man of Passion for Batik Heritage

2 10 2009

cirebon batikDazzling colors of red, indigo, green from the glass cabinet surely attract every eye to look inside it. It was a very bright morning in Trusmi area, Cirebon, 297 km east of Jakarta. A friendly smile ease the sweat from the sun heat that morning, after a long way walk to find this very workshop, Batik Katura.

It was the owner himself, Mr. Katura AR, the owner of Batik Katura that has been in the business since 40 years ago, run from generation to generation. The excitement start when Pak Katura begin to explain the process of how the batik made.

For a piece of handwriting batik could take almost 2 months to finish. Its not an easy thing, from patterning, painting, dyeing, painting, and dyeing until the result meet the expected color.

What comes into my mind is of course that is these processes are eco-friendly?

And the answer is yes, the wax and the water are reusable.

Katura ARBorn in Trusmy, a village where he dwell now, 58 years ago, dedicated his life and his passion for batik work with the skill he learn from his mother. From his passion and dedication, University of Hawaii grant him Honoris Causa in Master Of Art.

During the monetary crisis in 1997, political and economy situation inspires him to create a philosophical batik masterpiece in 1997 and its realization was acknowledged by Indonesian Record Museum in 2005 as the largest batik work. This batik work depicted the story of Mahabarata, where the Pandawa live within the vana or forest that turn into a prosper country after series of tribulation. The story that he painted in 9 m x 2 m clothes was a hope for Indonesia, that Indonesia will be a country that prosperous and stand the test of time.

Approximately the word is first recorded in English in the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1880, in which it is spelled battik. Batik is cloth which uses the hand written wax-resist dyeing technique. The modernity brought the batik into industrial phase. The complication of the coloring for example, these days producing batik with natural coloring substance is slowly abandoned by most of batik painters.

Due to modern advances in the textile industry the term has also been used for fabrics which incorporates the traditional batik patterns although not necessarily produced using the wax-resist dyeing techniques, in which the Government will pass a regulation on Indonesian Batik branding.




One response

17 06 2010
batik modern

nice info,..

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