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14 May 2022 – Unraveling Dutch Batik: Batik workshop with Sabine Bolk

This workshop is a collaborative project of PPI Rotterdam and INYS, to promote intercultural heritage between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Batik is valued as a great medium and an introduction for those who are still curious about this particular textile tradition. Join us in learning and creating batik during the sunny day of May!

Event Timing: Saturday, 14th May 2022. 10.00 – 16.30 CEST
Spoke person: Sabine Bolk – Batik Researcher
Event Address: Embassy of the Republic Indonesia. Tobias Asserlaan 8, 2517 KC Den Haag

Registration is open until May 10th, 2022.
We are open to the public from all nationalities, with only 20 capacities!
The event will be held in English. However, Sabine will gladly help you in Dutch as well!
Registration fee: € 12.00/person (including material and snacks)

Please fill out the following form and pay the registration fee to confirm your participation at the batik workshop. By registering you confirm that you will be able to participate and be present at the venue throughout the course of the event. Register here:

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Business card & Batik Consultation Suze Zijlstra

Two years ago, in 2020, historian and author Suze Zijlstra asked me if I knew someone to design her business card. She wanted something maybe with batik and referring to her research & upcoming book ‘De Voormoeders’. I sayed I would love to do it . When we had our first lockdown I started designing her card. A year later her card was printed and in September 2021 her book was published.
Since up till now Suze did not had many opportunities to hand out the card, I thought it would be nice to share the card, the inspiration & her book in a Batik Consultation video.

We talk in depth about one of Suze’s ancestors, Tan Kim Njo, and the batiks that she wore. And how those batiks inspired the business card I designed for Suze.

Now online on Youtube with Dutch & English subtitles:

Batik Consultation with Suze Zijlstra, historian and author of the book ‘De Voormoeders’ that was published last year. We talk in depth about one of Suze’s ancestors, Tan Kim Njo, and the batiks that she wore. And how those batiks inspired the business card I designed for Suze.

Books in the video:

‘De Voormoeders – Een verborgen Nederlands-Indische familiegeschiedenis’ by Suze Zijlstra (2021)
‘Batik Klasik – Classical batik’ by Drs. Hamzuri (1981)
‘Gedragen doeken – verhalen in batik’ by Liesje de Leeuw (2016)
‘Batik – Traditional textiles of Indonesia from the Rudolf Smend & Donald Harper Collections’ (2015)

Photo credits for photos/images used in the video:

Photos made available by Suze Zijlstra
Photos from the UB Leiden/KITLV collection:KITLV 4525 & KITLV 54280
Photo from Tropenmuseum TM-60033564
Photos of Batik, also styled with kebaya, special thank you to John Ang


3 May 2022 – Talk at Weltmuseum in Vienna

Re-telling the History of (Indo-)European Influence on Batik

Tuesday 3 May 2022 19pm – 20.30pm

Vortrag in englischer Sprache 
von Sabine Bolk 

Sabine Bolk focuses on batiks made between 1840-1890 that are either attributed to an Indo-European Batik entrepreneur or are as seen as having an Indo-European style or influence. As starting point for re-telling the story she uses batiks attributed to Carolina Josephina van Franquemont (1815-1867). What was the actual Dutch, European and Indo-European influence on Javanese batik and what other factors played a role in this development? 

Sabine Bolk (1984), has been an artist since 2007. She studied at the Art Academy St. Joost in Breda (NL) and lives now in Utrecht (NL). She is a passionate researcher on Batik and held several group and solo exhibitions. 


Teilnahme: frei (zzgl. gültigem Museumsticket für Nicht-Mitglieder) 
Treffpunkt: Weltmuseum Wien Forum

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