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.