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Batik takes center stage at exhibition
Children encouraged to appreciate their own works and parents to recognize their talentTwo students from St. Pius Elementary School display batik they created for an exhibition of traditional Indonesian artwork
- Robertus Sutriyono, Purbalingga
- June 20, 2011
The exhibition, which opened last week, showcased dozens of â€śbatik,â€ť or painted sections of patterned cloth, created by students of St. Pius Elementary School, as well as other handicrafts such as dolls and lamps adorned with ice cream sticks.
Sister Maria Fidelia, one of the eventâ€™s organizers, said hundreds turned out to see the studentsâ€™ artworks.
â€śThis exhibition aims at encouraging children to appreciate their own works. It also helps parents to recognize their childrenâ€™s talent and creativity.â€ť
She said the exhibition also served to introduce viewers to batik, which has been practiced in Indonesia for centuries.
Sister Maria added that the handmade batik, which requires the use of wax and dye, was a complicated and time-consuming art form that also taught children to be patient.
Fransiska Yovita, one of the student artists whose works are on display, described the process used to produce traditional batik.
She said students began by drawing a pattern on the cloth, which was later covered with wax poured from a small copper vessel with a spouted nib.
â€śThen we put on some colors. After that, we wash the fabric and hang it in the sun to dry,â€ť she said.
Wilhelminus Alexander Agung Widodo, whose son produced a batik for the exhibition, said he was proud of the works on display.
â€śThe students have a great desire to do batik work. This can help preserve and even develop traditional culture in Indonesia.â€ť
Young people to showcase culture