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NEXT 2013

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  • Batiks have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My maternal grandparents lived in Indonesia for two years while my Grandfather built and inspected trains for General Electric, and they brought back many souvenirs including batiks. My Grandmother always used her batik tablecloths for family gatherings, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. Once I was big enough I started wearing my mother’s batik skirts and t-shirts to school and now to work. It wasn’t until recently when I took a Modern Textiles and Contemporary Fiber Art course at the Corcoran did I realize that the batik process is not well known. I decided to tell the story of batik for my thesis exhibition, with a special focus on the influence of the Dutch on traditional batik imagery and techniques.