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From the Javanese village of Kebon: help us celebrate the lives and hands behind batik through this social-relational art project.

“The Wax on Our Fingers” is a socio-relational visual arts project that celebrates the lives and hands behind batik, a craft that is regarded as Indonesia’s most prided intangible heritage. Artists Mintio & Kabul worked with the batik makers from the Javanese village of Kebon Indah to create unique ‘self-portraits’ combining the realism of photography together with the decorative and symbolic nature of batik motifs. Photographic portraits of the batik-makers are first printed onto batik cloth with the cyanotype technique (sun prints), with their silhouettes penciled onto the fabric. The women then respond to their own image by making batik patterns on them.

The amalgam of photography and batik is the outcome of this process and art-making journey with these ladies. The artists, through this project, acknowledge the role of women as culture-makers in the Indonesian society and explore their relationships with their families, the village society and their craft. 

One of the final artworks: a four panel batik-cyanotype piece (350 x 250 cm) featuring a family with 3 generations of batik makers from Kebon village

The Batik Rewards

As a big 'thank you!' for your contribution we are giving away original batik tulis (handwritten batik) made with natural dyes straight from the village of Kebon Indah. These pieces of batik are painstakingly hand-drawn and colored by the women, rare items to the machine-printed and synthetic colored batik textiles that are commonly found.

For pledges $50 and above, the batik pieces comes in sizes 100 x 100 cm (ikat kepala), 50   x 200cm (slendang), 100 x 200 cm (kain panjang), great for tying into sarong skirts or to be woven into shirts and blouses.

The motifs are unique to every piece and they come in blue and brown, colors unique to the region of Central Java.

Specially for pledges at $200 or more and you will get a one of a kind Indigo batik piece (100 x 200cm) colored by dyes extracted from the Indigo plant

The Cyanotype Rewards

Surprise your love ones (or even yourself) by getting a cyanotype T-shirt of his/her photo! Just email us a photo or image that you will like have as a cyanotype T-shirt with the shirt size of your choice and we will print it for you, at only a $30 or above pledge.

We surprised our pet Nona with her photo on our T-shirt.

The Artwork Reward

Fancy your very own art piece with the technique of combining cyanotype with batik? Inspire us, by sending us a photography image and we together with the batik makers of Kebon Indah will respond to your image by making a new piece of artwork, specially for you!

Visit us at our website @ www.malamdijarikita.com

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Special thanks to Doni Maulistya for the video footages and Ulul for editing the clip.

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    Heartfelt thanks from our team and the batik ladies of Kebon Indah

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    "The Wax on Our Fingers" postcard with a handwritten 'Thank you' note from our artists

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    "The Wax on Our Fingers" postcard with a handwritten 'Thank you note' from our artists and a A3 poster.

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    "The Wax on Our Fingers" postcard, poster and a unique, limited edition signed, artwork catalogue.

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    Your very own cyanotype Tshirt - send us an image of your choice and your Tshirt size and we will transform your creation to wearable art!

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    "Kepala Ikat": natural-colored Javanese batik 100 x 100 cm + "The Wax on Our Finger's" postcard with a handwritten 'Thank you note' from our artists

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    "Slendang": A natural-colored and hand-made Javanese batik shawl + "The Wax on Our Finger's" postacard with a handwritten 'Thank you note' from our artists

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    "Kain Panjang": A natural-colored and hand-made Javanese batik 100 x 200 cm + "The Wax on Our Finger's" postacard with a handwritten 'Thank you note from our artists

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    A unique, collector's item hand-made Javanese batik colored from the INDIGO plant 100 x 200 cm + "The Wax on Our Finger's" postacard with a handwritten 'Thank you note from our artists

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    Your very own batik-cyanotype artwork of any image of your choice 40 x 50cm + "The Wax on Our Finger's" postcard, poster and signed art work catalogue.

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