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Transcribing Dots will explore the transformation in style, imagery, technique and use of batiks in both the east and west that began with the co… Read More
Transcribing Dots will explore the transformation in style, imagery, technique and use of batiks in both the east and west that began with the colonization of Indonesia by the Dutch in 1602. Visitors will have the ability to compare traditional batik imagery from Africa, China, India, Indonesia and Japan with the global batik trends created at the turn of the 20th century. This will be accomplished by exploring Dutch trade routes that enhanced the silk-road, and brought new textile traditions to Africa and Europe. Finally visitors will discover how the globalization of batiks changed the batik market and continues to influence the fashion world today. Read Less
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Batikshave been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My maternal grandparents lived in Indonesiafor two years while my Grandfather built and inspected trains for GeneralElectric, and they brought back many souvenirs including batiks. My Grandmother always used her batiktablecloths for family gatherings, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. Once I was big enough I started wearing mymother’s batik skirts and t-shirts to school and now to work. It wasn’t until recently when I took a ModernTextiles and Contemporary Fiber Art course at the Corcoran did I realize thatthe batik process is not well known. Idecided to tell the story of batik for my thesis exhibition, with a specialfocus on the influence of the Dutch ontraditional batik imagery and techniques.