Art for Life A Batik Exhibition by Tjok Agung Kusumayuda Pemayun
Ubud, Bali, December 10, 2008 – Maya Ubud Resort & Spa will feature Batik Exhibition titled “Art for Life” by Tjok Agung Kusumayuda Pemayun and W Gallery from December 20, 2008 – January 15, 2009.
Tjok Agung has a very strong interest in natural dyed textile. He has been involved with Bali traditional textile conservation work with Yayasan Pecinta Budaya Bebali (Bebali Traditional Textile Conservation Foundation). Natural Dyed Batik is his passion to preserve one of Indonesian heritage. Not many people like to continue the natural dyed batik tradition for some reasons. One amongst many reasons is about practical side such as it consumes so much time and energy to do it that make the textile becomes very expensive product. Tjok Agung is developing programs in his village of Pejeng to build the local economy and community in ways that are sustainable and preserve the natural dyed batik tradition. Together with more 70 people from the village Tjok Agung creates beautiful batiks using all natural dyes.
The unique process of Batik making is through dyeing methods in which design is drawn or stamped on a piece of cloth with melted wax. When the wax sets it acts as a dye-resist, so that the waxed parts of the cloth remain unaffected by the dyes. The wax is then removed, usually by boiling the cloth, and the process is repeated over and over again until the desired pattern is achieved. There are two main processes to apply the wax: by hand, using a special tool for drawing with melted wax called a canting and with a copper stamp, called a cap. In some cases both techniques are used on the same cloth to obtain the desired pattern. Traditionally the canting is used by women and men use the cap.
Alongside to his effort in growing local economy among village people, together with W Gallery Ubud, Tjok Agung contributes 10% from sales of his batik artwork during the exhibition and at W Gallery for environment programs such include reforestation, organic agriculture, education and other community projects that being done by Friends of National Parks Foundation (www.fnpf.org)
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