The journey to Batik – Tari Batik

Duration: 12 m 18 sec
Film:  Sabine Bolk
Dance: Dwi Anggraeni                                                        
Drawing: Mak Sium
Canting: Ibu Rasminah, Nurul Maslahah and Ibu Kustiyah
Dyeing: Ibu Juwariyah and Ibu Ramini
Filmed on location in Sleman, Jeruk and Batang on Java, Indonesia in 2016

Last year, September till begin December 2016, I was on Java (Indonesia) to capture the creative proces of Batik, Indonesian textile, on film. In 2009 Batik became to official UNESCO heritage of Indonesia. The technique of Batik, specifically Tulis (‘Handwritten’), have been under pressure for a long time. In the film I try to show how creativity comes to live through the handmakers. There is a big role for Tari Batik, ‘Batik Dance’, performed by Dwi Anggraeni. This new traditional dance visualises the proces of making of a Batik. The dancer and Batik makers show how Batik is still being made today, under pressure but far from forgotten.

Upcoming Screenings

On  26th of January 26 2018 my film is part of the Shorts Program III of the SEAxSEA: The Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival. More information on jsis.washington.edu/seac/seaxsea-filmfest/

On 24 & 25 February 2018 my film will be screened during the first edition of Wastra Weekend at animal park Taman Indonesia. More information on www.taman-indonesia.nl

 

Past Screenings

On the 14th of September 2017 during the Grand opening of the Asian Library my film ‘The journey to Batik-Tari Batik’ had its world premiere together with three other selected movies in the Cinema Room of the Asian Library at the University Leiden. The screening was part of the ‘Tour of Asia’ program and was organised by Framing Asia. More information on www.leidenasiayear.nl

 

 

For information on screening ‘Tari Batik’, please send me an email at sabine@sabinebolk.nl

For more on the making of ‘The journey to Batik – Tari Batik’, please visit my blog The journey to Batik



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