Articles

Carla van Lunn collaborates with the creator of striking bold Madurese batik.
Alexandra Crosby catches up with Singgih Kartono in the village of Kandangan to find out how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guy Keulemans advocates for the use of timber, particularly with new technologies that preserve the structural integrity of the wood.

long water: fibre stories

Freja Carmichael reflects on artists whose work provides a conduit for the spirit of fresh and salt water.

Finding Taketa: Serendipitous discovery and reflection in practice research

On a humid Sunday, Jo McCallum begins a journey to understand the particular mystery that is bamboo in Japan.

Mansae balhada ✿ Cheongju’s ancient technology now

Eunjin Ko describes her project to create desk ware for contemporary use inspired by the eagle which protects Cheongju’s iconic temple. She continues its ancient history of innovation. 

A bridge to Indonesia, my second home

Cassandra Lehman reflects on her magical journey through Indonesia, where art extends far beyond the museum.

Tisna Sanjaya ✿ Art as community practice

Julian Goddard reflects on an artist who channels Java’s mystical tradition to urgent environmental issues.

From canting to extrusion: The proliferation of technology from the Indonesian archipelago 

Pamela See looks at the genealogy of 3D printing in Indonesia. 

Batik exchange: Wahyu Subiyantoro Soediro

Carla van Lunn collaborates with the creator of striking bold Madurese batik.

Kandangan village: A rich harvest of innovation for pandemic response

Alexandra Crosby catches up with Singgih Kartono in the village of Kandangan to find out how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jumaadi’s garden of shadows

Kevin Murray explores the studio of an Indonesian artist filled with shadows of history, culture, craft and dreams.

A house of style in Surabaya

Carla van Lunn ventures into Surabaya to find a bricks and mortar establishment that reflects the city's refined style and taste.

The case for wood

Guy Keulemans advocates for the use of timber, particularly with new technologies that preserve the structural integrity of the wood.

Savu island: Greater and Lesser Blossoms will prevail

Geneviève Duggan and Icesarlince Tededara write about a matrilineal culture, where women wear their history. The challenges of COVID-19 contained the gift of time, thanks to the Tewuni rai Foundation.

Fibres for a foodie

Sabrina Sakina has found a way of using the waste produced in cooking the Indonesian food she loves.

Flag Project (2006-2020)

Arahmaiani Feisal finds an answer in flags that bring communities together across the world to support positive values.

Zahir Widadi ✿ Fine batik for an intricate blue world

Hanny Kusumawati profiles master batik artist Zahir Widadi, who preserves the local wisdom of natural-dyed batik from his modest home workshop in Pekalongan.

Ulos through the viewfinder

Dewie Sartika Bukit describes a photography project that aims to inspire a new generation to admire the distinct ulos weaving tradition of Tono Batak.

Brahma Tirta Sari: At home with nature and ancestors

Agus and Nia Ismoyo share the philosophy that underpins their life-long dedication to batik.

Sanggar Batik Batara in Baujeng Village

Janet Teowarang describes a successful program to introduce batik skills to factory workers

Academic and weaver join head and hand in Bandung

Sabrina Sakina writes about the symbiotic arrangement between Bandung designer Arlene Dwiasti Soemardi and local craftsperson Pak Epi and his weaver Andre

Butterflies metamorphose into jewellery

Paryana Puspaputra works in partnership with a Butterfly Park to make precious jewels from the broken wings they leave behind.

The fragrant tuberose: Collaborative eco-printing by batik artisans from Pasuruan Regency in East Java

Janet Teowarang finds innovation from nature among a new generation of batik artisans in East Java.

iWareBatik: Decoding the DNA of Indonesian batik

Puspita Ayu Permatasari shares her journey to Madura island, whose batik inspired her to develop an app that uses artificial intelligence to decode its patterns.

Beauty from bacteria: Micro-farming batik 

Nidiya Kusmaya reveals the benefits of micro-farming in ecological batik production.

Designers Dispatch Service: Traditional artisans connect to the global market

Eugenio Hendro ventures to East Java with the hope of making craft appeal to the next generation.

DiTenun: Artificial intelligence technology for Indonesian traditional Weaving

Nancy Margried writes about a new technology for assisting artisans in expanding their traditional designs.

Batik journeys between the three worlds: Here, there and everywhere

Elly Kent follows the path of batik as a way to explore the complex dynamic of Indonesian culture and to discover a much-needed optimism for our time. 

Quarterly essay ✿ Batik journeys between the three worlds: Here, there and everywhere

Elly Kent follows the path of batik as a way to explore the complex dynamic of Indonesian culture and to discover a much-needed optimism for our time.

Editorial: Pembaharu

The penultimate issue of the journey heralds a new Indonesian generation keen to use their technological know-how to precious support cultural heritage.

Naga Kacip: A snake god at work

Linda S. McIntosh writes about the story told by the quintessential Southeast Asian implement, the kacip betel nut cutter.