Batik Workshop at The Canberra Institute of Technology Very Well Received

5/5/2010

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA CANBERRA
 
EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA CANBERRA PRESS RELEASE
 
No. : 13/PEN/IV/10 BATIK WORKSHOP AT THE CANBERRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY VERY WELL RECEIVED
 
The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra in cooperation with Batik House Indonesia held a Batik Workshop for students and teaching staff at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) in Canberra on 27 April 2010. The activity, which was attended by around 50 people, was conducted successfully as the participants, consisting of students and teachers from the textiles, design, fashion and clothing production departments, were very enthusiatic about learning batik making techniques.
 
In opening the Workshop Mr Peter Cowald, Chief Executive of CIT, expressed the highest appreciation to the Embassy for giving the students this opportunity to know about batik and practice the batik making process. Through this Batik Workshop, Mr Peter Cowald hopes that students can get to know Indonesia as Australia’s closest neighbour which is also culturally very rich. At the same time, in her opening speech Wiwiek Setyawati Firman, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indonesian Embassy, conveyed that this workshop is a means of introducing batik as an aspect of Indonesian culture that has been recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Thus Australian students can better know and appreciate batik as cultural wealth of the world. Additionally, the Embassy would like to promote cooperation by forming sister school relations between CIT and vocational colleges in Indonesia.
 
This is the third time that the Embassy and CIT have worked together to introduce Indonesian culture. The first time was in 2007, when the Embassy invited famous designer Adjie Notonegoro to present a public lecture and batik fashion. In 2009 the Embassy also invited Alfonsa Horeng, a traditional weaver from Flores, to present an Ikat Weaving Workshop to CIT students.
 
In the Batik Workshop, Venny Afwany Alamsyah, a batik instructor from Batik House Indonesia, explained about the techniques for producing batik and the clouring process, and the application and removal of wax from the cloth. The participants then practiced making batik by carefully following the steps for batik production on cloth and wood materials. The participants were all very proud of their work, which will be kept as a momento of this unforgettable experience.
 
The Chief Executive of CIT also used the occassion to hold a working lunch with the Deputy Chief of Mission, accompanied by Raudin Anwar (Minister Counsellor/Information), Dr. Aris Junaidi (Education Attaché) and Eko Junor (First Secretary/Information) to discuss plans for concrete cooperation such as exchanges of teachers, students, and curriculum between CIT and voational/polytechnical colleges in Indonesia.
 
The Batik Workshop is an excellent way of increasing Australians' understanding of Indonesian arts and culture as well as a way of increasing people-to-people contact between the two countries. Additionally, it is hoped that the students who wish to know more about batik will travel to Indonesia and enjoy the cultural festivities hed in conjunction with “Visit Indonesia Year”.
 
Canberra, 27 April 2010