hedabatik returns

It has been a long time not to update or share anything about the activities of batik. Well, hedabatik is still alive, unfortunately the off time occurred because I just passed the deep valleys after my husband passed away back in December 2014. Being able to support him in the battle of melanoma cancer that spread to the brain took me into the challenged journey but enrich my life.

Focus on the family became the priority, shifted everything else down.

I choose to take a very slow process to make myself return to batik’s heaven in creating or hosting clinic and workshop. During 2015 I did Batik Clinic and Workshop at Cleveland High School Brisbane, Noosa Council Gallery and University of Sunshine Coast. In term of personal productivity, creating the contemporary batik artworks still run.

For March 2016, I just did Batik Clinic and Demo at Gallery 159 Brisbane to support the exhibition of Batik, Tapis, Tirai, Songket and Tampan Collections. Thanks to Peter and Janet De Boer who owned and operated the gallery. Thanks to include me in the exhibition! Thank you Dr. Maria Wronska for the connection! It was great and had a fantastic time catch up! Wine and cheese for the opening afternoon was excellent!

I guess it is time to return to a long delay project! The educational mission to spread the beauty of batik through the real works behind batik must be delivered! The agenda of exhibition must be aligned and get into it! Slowly but sure as slow as to create hundred dots of batik!




History of Batik Pattern: Kawung

Batik patterns have developed from the point of aesthetic orientation. The patterns of geometric were introduced over the centuries since the 8th century which was found in  Prambanan Temple. The pattern of Kawung can be classified as Ceplok but because of its antique and simplicity, Kawung was recognized as the separate category in batik patterns. The history of kawung refers to the historical temples in Central Java.

Batik Kawung ...hedaBATIK

Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Basically, the pattern of kawung consists few of circles or eclipses that in contacted or crossed each other. The word of kawung itself has delivered some misleading contexts. Some people understand as the fruit of palm tree.

Rouffaer, an European scientist who was studied about batik patterns, considered the pattern of kawung came from other antique pattern which was called  geringsing (gringsing), also called Pararaton, The history of Kings of East Java in the 14th Century. Geringsing consists of small circles with dots in the middle that stacked like fish scales or snake skin. Rouffaer thought geringsing has developed became circles in the pattern of kawung.