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Discover The Magic of Fabrics and Textiles: Introduction to Sarongs & Indonesian Batik

Discover The Magic of Fabrics and Textiles: Introduction to Sarongs & Indonesian Batik

Indonesian Batik sarongs are part of a textile art form as broad as it is beautiful.  Batiks’ influences hail from India, China, Middle East to Japan with ancient religious ties to Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam and even as far as the West.  In 2009, Batik was honored by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” and to this day is one of Indonesia’s greatest cultural treasures.  Over the last two millennia Batik has been used to adorn kings, queens and sultans of old and rice farmers alike.  It is also stands as a unique national unifier as it can be found in every conceivable form: sarong, dress, shirt, scarf, table-cover, wall hangings and more.  Many ethnic groups from all classes wear batik as a symbol of pride in the centuries old craftsmanship.
An Artist Uncovered: Amelia Johannsen

An Artist Uncovered: Amelia Johannsen

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Ceramics is the activity that fascinates me most in this world. I love mixing the different elements of earth, water, and fire to make something lasting and beautiful.

I also appreciate all of the learning that comes from working with clay. For me, ceramics is a meditative and creative outlet, but it can also be a very frustrating and disappointing experience. You may spend weeks working on a piece, just to have it break in the kiln. Or the colors might not turn out as expected. There is a lot of trial and error involved in ceramics, and even if you try and try and try again, you may never get the result you’re looking for. Or you may achieve it once, and never manage to get the same conditions to repeat it. You need a lot of patience.

Clay is a great teacher of impermanence and acceptance of what is. I have never found another activity that challenges me, and at the same time, rewards me in so many ways.