Thaksin University and Rajabhat University Batik Workshop Songkhla, Thailand 3 - 4 December 2014


?A number of students from Thaksin University and Rajabhat University in Songkhla, Thailand, on 3 – 4 December 2014 had a rare opportunity to study one of the distinctive cultures of Indonesia, batik. This opportunity was obtained through Batik Workshop which was held through cooperation between the Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia in Songkhla with the two universities. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Venny Afwany Alamsyah from Batik House Indonesia. Ms. Alamsyah is a batik activist who is experienced in providing batik training in almost all countries in the world.

The workshop began with a presentation by Ms. Alamsyah on the History of Handwritten Batik of Indonesia to about 30 students at each university. The participants were given information about the types of batik in Indonesia and techniques for making handwritten batik, stamp batik and painting batik. Q&A session and interactive quiz with the participants were also held. Three participants who answered the questions correctly were given prizes of beautiful batik cloth.

The workshop then continued with firsthand experience of making handwritten batik for the participants. Each participant made their own batik with canting, cloth and malam (wax for batik). Next, the dyeing process is conducted for coloring the cloth and releasing malam from the cloth. Upon finished, the batik cloth is then dried. Not only batik cloth, the participants also made batik from a bowl made of wood. The participants looked enthusiastic with the process of making Indonesian batik.

Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts Thaksin University, Chinoros Rungsakul and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts Rajabhat University, Weerasak Aksornteang gave their appreciation for the batik workshop and hoped that in the future the cooperation with the Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia in Songkhla can further continue to promote other Indonesian cultures to the people of Thailand.