On the 4th of April 2016, the first Batik workshop for
Batik artists in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was officially installed in
the Doris MacKei Resource Center in Kingstown, the capital of the St Vincent
and the Grenadines.
workshop is not only a pilot project for the cooperation in the field of batik
between the two sister countries but also marked their first concrete effort.
This is the result of a strong collaboration between three Ministries in Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines: Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Trade, Commerce and Regional Integration, Ministry of
Education, Reconciliation and Ecclesiastical Affairs and the Ministry of
Tourism, Sports and Culture and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the Embassy of Indonesia in Caracas.
purpose of the abovementioned workshop is to transmit the knowledge of batik
making of Indonesia to the local artists of the island, who will later become the
trainers that will deliver the guidelines of the batik technique to other artists
the scheme of "Dispatch Expert on Batik for St. Vincent and the
Grenadines", this historical event was officially inaugurated by His
Excellency Sir Louis Straker, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Commerce and
Regional Integration expressed his joy and grateful for the arrangement of this
workshop as the outcome of a strong cultural cooperation between the two
countries. His Excellency underlined that such technical assistance is what his
country is seeking. He also addressed a few words to the participants,
remarking that they are going to become trainers in the rural areas, where they
will teach the people to acquire these skills.
Education Officer from the Ministry of Education, Reconciliation and
Ecclesiastical Affairs, Ms. Lou Anne Gilchrist mentioned that this activity is
a way of maintaining the continuous education on batik knowledge because they
will learn the skills from the Indonesian batik experts and afterwards they
will pass it on the knowledge to the other communities.
the Government of Indonesia, Deputy Director of Technical Cooperation of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Nunung Nurwulan underlined the importance of
the workshop as it will strengthen the bilateral relationship of the two
countries. The batik workshop is part of the symbol of the solid cooperation
between Indonesia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is also part of the
commitment of the Government of Indonesia in giving capacity building programs
under the framework of South-South and Triangular Cooperation. In this sense,
the purpose of the workshop is to give assistance and support in developing the
quality human resources that later will boost the economy. She also expressed
her gratitude to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for
welcoming the Batik experts, Mr Suharyanto and
Mr Gamal and to the participants for their love of Batik.
Jeremy Payne, one of the participants and a local fashion designer, this event
brings a world of opportunities to local artists, in his own words: "I am
very excited and happy to be at this workshop, because we don't have many
events like this in the island. I look forward to turn the theory of Batik into
practice and start creating fabrics".
On the other hand, for Rose Simmons, local painter and also participant
of this workshop, this event is a great opportunity to learn techniques to
develop her artistic skills in her working field: "I think we can all
benefit very much from this. As I feel passion for painting, I really look
forward to learn from the experts".
workshop will be delivered to 25 five local batik handicraft artists, from
Monday 4 of April to Saturday 9 of April 2016 and will cover extensively all the
aspects of this millenary art. (PF Pensosbud).