January 14, 2022

Selamat tinggal 2021

A little late with my last post of 2021, but since everything goes a little different these past two years, better late than never.

So Goodbye 2021 and Welcome 2022. 

After my last post in October, I worked non-stop, I think my busiest yet, but I am definitely not complaining. I was really happy I had all these amazing projects I could work on and can keep on working on throughout 2022, with wonderful & inspiring people! A very welcome distraction in 2021 and it’s so rewarding to be able to make batik my fulltime job! Only wish for 2022 is a little less fulltime, so it leaves more room for the unexpected and my creativity. 

In this post I am looking back at some of the projects and activities of the past months, ayo & enjoy!

Me & a Batik by Maria Paulina Carp


‘Little Red Riding Hood’ 
A5 card 
printed on partly recycled paper

‘When I started my journey to Batik in 2009, I wasn’t aware of the rich knowledge that was available in the Netherlands. My first journey brought me to Central Java where I searched for batikmakers to learn more about the technique and meaning behind the motifs. During this journey I was of course confronted with our colonial history, but in a different way than I expected. 
During a visit to the Batikmuseum Danar Hadi in Solo, after looking at rooms filled with dark-brown coloured royal batiks, I was standing in front of a brightcoloured batik with Little Red Riding Hood on it. The guide laughed, saying something like “You will like this one, it is Dutch Batik”.
“Batik Belanda” I learned a few days later, when a friend handed me a book with the same title. These North-coast batiks from Java are filled with fairytales, flowers and even war scenes. 
This was the start of a quest that brought me in museumdepots, to researchers and even descendants of batikmakers. All in the Netherlands. Because here I could find a lot on Batikhistory. Maybe even more is kept here than in Indonesia…’

I made this illustration to go with an article that got published in the magazine BATIK! More about that later in this blogpost. The intro here above is from the article too. 
The last 2,5 years I have been doing research on batiks made between 1840 & 1890 kept in Dutch collections that are described as having an (Indo-)European influence. A journey that brought amazing batiks & findings on my path! I will be working this year on getting more of the results of this research out in different ways while continuing my research. In my follow-up research I will focus more on the wearers and finding out more on batikmakers, as I shared in my previous post ‘Pukul Terus

I had it printed as a thank you card, but it is also for sale. To order the card send an email to at sabine@sabinebolk.nl.

Shishani & Sisterhood

This year we got to perform the ’Shishani & Sisterhood’ show three times. All three were amazing experiences that brought me out of my comfort-zone completely, but into a great group of creative souls. I am so thankful for this, thank you Shishani for bringing us together and letting us create this great show. 
The third show was live streamed from De Melkweg for the SIPA festival. Still can believe I was on stage at PAARD and Melkweg, wow! You can rewatch it here. 

Zine 'The Penguin & The Batik'

Making of the zine
Photo by Michael van Kekem

This last year I have been thinking a lot about my Art practice and how what I do mostly is storytelling. The medium in which I tell the story usually comes after the idea for a story to tell/share. Will I write a lot of articles, there are some stories that need a little more, or better said something different. I was very happy I could explore so many different ways of storytelling this year. Through publications, online talks, many social media post. Through videos on Youtube, on stage, even in batiks. And in my first ever Zine! 
It realised I hadn’t shared it here yet. The Zine was already in the making a longtime, but the final full Riso printed version was ready in March 2021. 
The Zine is on one of those Batik story that I wanted to tell for a long time already & a little Zine in Riso turned out to be the perfect match for this strange tale: ‘The Penguin & The Batik’. 
In 20 pages the story from the moment I discover a penguin on a Batik. A visual story that is not looking to answer questions, but more a way of understanding the quest.
I made the Zine with the great guidance & support of Michael van Kekem at his studio in Rotterdam (NL). I hope to create a new Zine this year!

Zine 'The Penguin & The Batik'
Full Riso print
20 pages 
Only 4 left in stock
Send me an email to order at sabine@sabinebolk.nl

Magazine BATIK!

After we, me, Romée Mulder and Myrthe Groot, hosted the Batik Stand in 2019, the Stichting Tong Tong invited us to collaborate to make Batik the theme for the next TTF. Unfortunately the TTF couldn’t take place in 2020, so we hosted an online Batik Stand instead. 
From beginning of this year till about July I was working, together with Florine Koning & Leslie Boon, on this magazine. Again the TTF couldn’t take place in September, but the idea was to publish the magazine either way. With a lot of things going on behind the scenes, the magazine was published end of November 2021. 
The magazine all about batik has several articles by my hand, interviews with Guave, Batikmaker Miss Nurul & batikscholar Renske Heringa. A lovely illustrated tutorial how to wrap a Batik by Jeroen Krul, great to have made this together. A wonderful step by step Batik DIY by Shuen-Li Spirit. Two of our Online Batik Stand guests return, showing the Batik kept & passed on in their family, Rachel de Vries & Cindy Smits, and we find two more to share their precious heirloom. Spread throughout the magazine are Batik wannahave items by different batikbrands. 

You can order the magazine BATIK! online at Stichting Tong Tong or ask for it at your local bookstore. The magazine is in Dutch.

Story on Fake Batik for Misleiden

Felix Driessen letters to home and samplebook
Kept at Erfgoed Leiden

When I was going through the letters Felix Driessen wrote during his travels in 1878 kept at Erfgoed Leiden, I would never had thought 3 years later I will show them in an exhibition.
The exhibition Misleiden opened right before we entered our latest lockdown, so I haven’t been able to see it myself, but luckily the exhibition is also held online.
Fresco Sam-Sin of Things That Talk who curated the exhibition gathered great misleading objects, all from Leidse organisations, and their stories for this exhibition. When Fresco told me about the exhibition plan for Misleiden we totally agreed that imitation batik, or ‘Fake Batik’, should be definitely included.
I am already working behind the screens with Things That Talk on a zone for their website, Fabric(s) of Leiden, all about the Leidsche Katoenmaatschappij, which we will share online this year. So excited to share! Great stories are being made by students of University Leiden to unravel the history of the Leidsche Katoenmaatschappij, sharing great objects kept in many different locations in the Netherlands. 
The story I made for Misleiden is in a way a preview of that zone. 
Go visit thingsthattalk.net or go to the website of De Lakenhal to read all about fakes in Art & Science including my story of Fake Batik!

Placing the samplebook & letters for the photos
Photo by Erfgoed Leiden

Photographer Cees de Jonge makes photos 
for the online Misleiden exhibition
at Erfgoed Leiden


Next to writing, I was invited to give several talks. Mostly online, but also my first two talks for public again. It was in the short window it was allowed and my upcoming talks will be behind my computer again.
You can watch two talks back online. One for Jakarta Fashionweek. I am still so honoured I could share about Batik during such an event! Never thought I would be part of something like this. Especially after being at the JFW myself in 2016.
The other talk was for Batik Sayang in which I share more on my research.

Future of Batik

“Batik is a masterpiece, a national treasure, an identity. Sadly, it is suffering a slow death. It's no easy task to keep it alive amid changing times and taste. Some, understandably, gave up halfway, daunted by the challenge. So how do we make this traditional art appealing to the younger generation? To produce and to wear. Can we truly succeed in merging traditional values with modern lifestyle?”

Fashion Conversation hosted by JakartaFashionWeek in collab with Erasmushuis Jakarta. Featuring moi, Ibu Sita, Mas Direz of Bluesville and host Tony Sugriata of aNERDgallery. Video statements by pembatiks Ibu Ramini of KUB Srikandi, Miss Nurul, Miss Dewi and Ibu Widianti Widjaja of Oey Soe Tjoen.

What are your thought on this topic? And how do you think we can take Batik with us to the future? Let me know in the comments!

Talk 'Re-telling the history of the (Indo-)European influence '

This online talk was given for the Facebook group ‘Batik Sayang’ to share my researchproject ‘Re-telling the history of the (Indo-)European influence on Batik between 1840 and 1890’. 

Collecting Stories

In my previous post ‘Pukul Terus’, I already shared a little on stories I would like to explore further and on histories that need telling.
A story that is part of this and has been part of my re-telling journey for a long time now, is the story about Maria Paulina Carp. In many ways my research on Indo-European influenced batiks started with this lady. 
For my last visit of the Tropenmuseum depot of 2021, I was joined by the direct descendent of Maria Paulina Rapilla-Carp (1860-1916).
I saw Maria Carp's batiks in 2011, and they marked a turning point in my ‘journey to Batik',  read all about it in my previous posts from 2011 ‘Made by Carp’ & ‘Give honor to whom it’s due’.
History, or better Herstory, became the focus point, I wanted to learn all about the makers, both current and historical ones {and the wearers & collectors} of Batik.
In September 2021 I finally met up again with Rob, great grandson of Maria Carp, who made the batiks shown in this post. I met Rob’s mother in 2010 and she told me her grandmother the batikmaker. To surprise Rob’s mother during a talk I was plannend to give, I made an appointment to photograph the 4 Batiks she donated and hadn’t seen since. 
I stayed in contact with Rob through the years. Since Rob hadn’t seen the Batiks for a long time, I arranged we could see the together with some Batiks by her fellow batikentrepreneurs. I made a selection to compare; all signed, from the same time and all from Pekalongan. The selection made from pretty bad quality photos turned out great. 
This was in many ways a full circle moment. It was great to share the experience of looking at beautiful batiks together, especially with such special guests. I feel so lucky Maria Carp came on my path & guided me through my ‘journey to Batik’!

After 2,5 years as a Research Associate at RCMC researching the NMvW collection this moment in November marked a symbolic ending and at the same time marked a new beginning. 
I am finishing up my current research and this year I hope to continue with the story of Maria Carp, and Mary Herrmann, and others.

Maju terus, thank you for keep on following my stories and I promise to keep on sharing them! 

October 3, 2021

Pukul Terus

While the world was mostly still standing still, the fast life returned to the Netherlands, and for me. Juggling multiple projects while struggling with my health, left me little time to update my blog. Some projects I spend months on behind the scene, were yet again postponed, and new projects got even bigger. I am very happy that I can spend time, in these still difficult times, being busy with Batik!

Yesterday we celebrated already the 12th Hari Batik and my birthday, 37 already. Selamat Hari Batik! These passed months I fulfilled many of my dreams and started several projects that I wish to do for a long time already. So time for a little overview of what I have been working on, where to read more, follow, join etcetera! Pukul terus, much exciting Batik stuff to share, Ayo!


Batikworkshop for All You Can Art Summerschool students at Kunsthal Rotterdam,
 August 2021 

After the very nice batikworkshop I gave hosted at the studio of Guave in Januari 2020, all other workshops got cancelled for the rest of 2020 and beginning of 2021. I didn't want to give workshops were people had to sit 1,5 meter apart. Also because for making Batik it is pretty unpractical and it should be above all fun. Feeling free to share stories and look at each-others creations. So I waited till it improved enough in the Netherlands. When artists Pris Roos and Liesbeth Labeur asked me if I wanted to give workshops for the All You Can Art Summerschool at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, it was the right time to start again. It was exciting, do I still know how to give a workshop even? The students welcomed me with open arms and were so eager to learn all about Batik. It was a great experience being in this Art explosion that 'All You Can Art' is, teaching again and being asked so many times by visitors of the museum if they could join. Sooo had to say no a lot, hehe, but hopefully in the near future we can invite everyone to join in to learn about Batik.

Batikworkshop for All You Can Art Summerschool students at Kunsthal Rotterdam, 
 August 2021

Batikworkshop for cast 'Lichter dan ik', photo by Myrthe Groot, September 2021

Another cool Batikworkshop I was asked to give was for the cast of the theaterplay, based on the book, 'Lichter dan ik'. My batik ladies of Guave made amazing costumes for this theatershow, sooo a must-see! Guave invited me to teach the cast some more on Batik. Between their rehearsal I gave a short talk and let them try out applying the hot was with a canting onto cotton. It was a quick intro, but it was so wonderful that they wanted to dive into this topic more to make sure the Batik references in their play are done correctly. 'Lichter dan ik' will be in theaters 8 October, so get your tickets now!

I hope to schedule new dates for Batikworkshops end of the year, check my website for announcements!


Cooking out the Batiks made by the Summerschool students at home


Me & Art selecting the tiny thread of which the sample can be taken, 
Photo by Paul Romijn/NMvW, July 2021

Since the start of my research, already 4 years ago, one wish was to find out what is actually the green Batikentrepreneur Carolina Josephina von Franquemont is famous for? 
The colourfast natural dye green was first mentioned by G.P. Rouffaer, he also attributes in catalogs Batiks to Von Franquemont because of their typical ‘Prankemon Green’. He calls it a ‘seagreen’, but the shades of green vary from piece to piece ~ either because the green wasn’t that colourfast after all, or more likely, not all are by the same Batikworkshop.
As a Research Associate at RCMC I could dive into all the Batiks with green attributed to Von F. Or should I say all Batik with green that got attributed to her at one point in time in the NMvW & Wereldmuseum collection. Whether it is a dark green, more blueish green or almost a patrol blue, all somewhere in time had a (now digital) note attached that the green could be ‘Prankemon green'.
Although more and more Batiks over time got attributed to Von Franquemont, the green was never examined to find out what is was actually made of. With todays technology even a small part of a thread can provide us with knowledge on the ingredients used, natural or synthetic, even on mordants and other materials. After a year of getting it approved internal, 5 selected Batiks are being examined by Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.
RCE experts Art Proaño Gaibor & Elsemieke van Rietschoten came to the Tropenmuseum in July to take the samples. We will be working on putting on paper what the results can tell on the dyes and how we can use this information to better date these Batiks. Sooo hopefully soon more on this!

RCE experts Art Proaño Gaibor & Elsemieke van Rietschoten examining the Batik, July 2021

RCE experts Art Proaño Gaibor taking a tiny sample from the Nutmeg batik, July 2021

Starting our TTT project at the Textielmuseum library, July 2021

While continuing with my RCMC research, I also started a researchproject together with the amazing onlineplatform Things That Talk. Fresco Sam-Sin of Things That Talk is a fellow research associate at RCMC and when I heard about his onlineplatform I contacted him that tel him I would love to contribute a story to the page. 
The story became a Zone and the writing became guiding a team of students. With the title 'Fabric(s) of Leiden' me and my team are diving into the fascinating world of the Leidsche Katoenmaatschappij. The collections of the LKM are stored in many different locations spread over the Netherlands and I spend the last 4 years mapping them out. This Zone on TTT gives me the opportunity to share the amazing objects that have been kept and unravel the history of this company together with a team. 
We started our researchproject with a visit to the Textielmuseum in Tilburg. Jantiene van Elk welcomed us in the library of the museum, thank you, where we could see the books kept made by the LKM filled with recipes and samples, together with some wonderful pieces from the museumcollection.
Together with Phoebe, I also made a visit to the depot of Museum Volkenkunde to see the objects she selected for her story. 
It is so much fun to share my experience & love for this history with this new generation of cultural professionals and looking forward to the creating this Zone! 
Soon more, because the stories will be published on Things That Talk as soon as possible!

Phoebe looking at the objects at the library of the Textielmuseum, July 2021

Depot visit for the TTT project, August 2021

Collecting Stories

This years Hari Batik Batik Statement

While wrapping up my research for RCMC, as much as possible, because it is never finished of course, I am working on and exploring new stories I would like to research. 
It is connected to the research I have been doing, of course, and it will be a slow process, for sure, but I have been meeting with several people, planning interviews and hope I can dive into it more next year.
I can share that my wish is to explore more on the batikmakers at the end of the 19th century, not just on Java, but also in the Netherlands. There are some interesting (colonial) connections and it is a time-period that I find fascinating.  
This year my Hari Batik Batik Statement, here above, was inspired by Loïe Fuller, best known for her Serpentine Dance. I got inspired after seeing all the artists interpretations made of her at the wonderful Art Nouveau exhibition at Allard Pierson Museum. There they also show the famous film from the 1890’s in which you see Fuller twirling around with her meters of silk creating marvellous shapes. In the real performances the colours would change using lights, in the film the colours are coloured in. 
The exhibition shows next to these works about Fuller also some pieces made using Batik. In the Dutch Art Nouveau movement, De Nieuwe Kunst, Batik was a populair technique for making fabrics for furniture & decorative objects. Also many women active in this movement used this technique. Not much is known about these ladies & my wish is to dive into these stories and retell them soon.

The orginal cantings Mary used the make Batik Tulis with, 
both in the Netherlands and in East-Java. 
Kept in a little box, a dream to hold

One of stories is that of Mary Mathilda Constancia Herrmann. In July I was welcomed by the granddaughter of Mary Mathilda Constancia Herrmann, also named Mary. I saw the Batiks made by her grandmother a month before in real life and when reading the notes the donator gave with the Batiks I realized there was more that had not been written down yet. I reached out to Mary, the granddaughter, and was invited to her home to get to meet Mary, her grandmother.
Granddaughter Mary explained she gathered a lot of information before donating the Batiks to the Tropenmuseum, planning to make a book on her grandmother but never got that far. She also traced every Batik on tracing paper, including a Batik that wasn’t donated to the museum, but is with her nephew. A wonderful surprise, the Batik includes a drawing of the place where grandma Mary’s father grew up, the German city Sagan.
The life of ‘Oma’ Mary after making the Indigo coloured Batiks is as fascinating as her years spent in the former Dutch East Indies. Her granddaughter Mary lived with her oma for a while, so she heard the stories directly and still remembers a lot. Also there is loads of documentation kept. 
I made the appointment for a return visit so I can make a fuller overview of Oma Mary’s stories & work together on making sure this history is kept for future generations. To be continued.

Batik by Mary Mathilda Constancia Herrmann traced by Mary with notes


Shishani & Sisterhood at PAARD in Den Haag, 29 September 2021

Wrote about the 'Shishani & Sisterhood' show here before. Months after our show was streamed we just had our first live performance this past Wednesday at popstage PAARD in Den Haag (NL). Amazing experience and even greater we have another show next Saturday on 9 October!
A live stream from De Melkweg for the SIPA festival. Tune in on Sipa Youtube page around 2 pm Dutch time / 18pm Indonesian Time. Don't miss it! 

Shishani & Sisterhood is a show by & with:
Tieka Masfar 
Sabine Bolk 
Jaimie van Hek 
Tiga Batang Rumah 
Asih Sungkono
Wulan Dumatubum
Eveline Carels
Sandra Sahupala 

Shishani & Sisterhood rehearsal 

My article ‘Batik, tien jaar immaterieel erfgoed van Indonesië’ got published in July. 
I wrote this article in April 2019 on Batik being the intangible heritage of Indonesia since 2009. I wrote it just months before I went to Indonesia in October 2019 to join the celebrations on Batik being 10 years Unesco intangible heritage of Indonesia . In my article I focus on how Batik is being treated & threatened, the good & the bad and my journey through all this. Which fitted perfect with the theme ‘Revival of textile’ the Textielcommissie chose for their 2019 symposium & publication.
Although the article feels a little old to me { I mean so much has happened since} but still it is a dream come through to have an article in a publication of Textielcommissie

My first international published article in English is out now!! 
With the great title, suggested by my research supervisor Francine Brinkgreve, ‘Interpreting Batik from the Van Rijckevorsel Collection’. The article is a shorter version of the three articles I wrote before in Dutch on the Dr. Elie van Rijckevorsel collection at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam (NL). The article can be read in the September issue of the Textiles Asia Journal. You can order a copy through www.textilesasia.com. Limited copies available. 

Last but certainly not least, we just launched the Open Call for a great translation-mapping-immigration-project initiated by artist Pris Roos who teamed up with me and heritage expert Yulia Pattopang. 
Project Batik X Liliawati is a project in which we translate a book on Batik with the help of the Indonesian speaking community of the Netherlands. The results will be published here on the Journey to Batik, turning my blog into the batik-researchcenter-database I wanted to create for a while now. 
But first we are looking for translators. 
For more info, read the open call in Dutch here below:

Project Batik X Liliawati is een project gestart vanuit een zoektocht naar wie en waar de Bahasa Indonesia sprekende mensen in Nederland zijn en vandaan komen EN de liefde voor batik, het klederdracht van nationaal erfgoed. Het project is in samenwerking met Pris Roos (kunstenaar), Yulia Pattopang (schrijver en historicus) en Sabine Bolk (batikonderzoeker). Het is begonnen met als doel om het verhaal te vertellen en te onthullen wie en waar wij vandaan komen door middel van het vertalen van het boek “Seni Kerajinan : Batik Indonesia” geschreven door S.K. Sewan Susanto S. Tekst in 1973.

Het is begonnen bij maker Pris Roos geboren in Nederland, de dochter van Indonesische immigranten geboren in Bogor, Indonesië die naar Nederland in de jaren ’70 zijn gekomen met het doel om een beter bestaan te hebben. Haar familie heeft dat gedaan door een toko te starten en zij is van jongs af aan betrokken geweest in en rondom de toko. Haar kunstpraktijk is geïnspireerd van de toko, het eten, de mensen die er komen en vooral de Indonesische cultuur. De moeder van Pris Roos heet trouwens officieel Liliawati, maar veranderd in de westerse naam Berry zoals iedereen haar nu noemt. Dit project is vernoemd ter ere aan haar moeder en de Indonesische cultuur.

Dit handboek “Seni Kerajinan : Batik Indonesia”  is geschreven in Bahasa Indonesia in 1973 en gaat over de geschiedenis en ontwikkeling van het ambacht batik in Indonesië per regio. Wij voelden ons rijk toen we dit boek ontdekten, maar er is geen vertaling van het boek en in plaats van het te laten vertalen door één vertaler, willen wij het boek ontrafelen en vertalen samen met u en 199 andere Bahasa Indonesia sprekende mensen. Bahasa Indonesia is de officiële taal die men op school leert, maar wij zijn ook ervan bewust dat verschillende groepen nog streektalen of dialecten spreken. Wij vragen echter iedereen om mee te doen die Indonesisch spreken en schrijven. U gaat een klein gedeelte (een paar bladzijden) van het boek vertalen met de Bahasa Indonesia waarmee u opgegroeid bent. Samen met de vertaling vragen wij ook van elk persoon om een vragenlijst in te vullen over hun herkomst, taal en bezit van batik.

Indonesië bestaat uit verschillende eilanden, provinciën en culturen. De Javaanse cultuur is voor velen in Nederland het meest bekende cultuur uit Indonesië, maar er zijn talloze andere regio's met mooie culturen zoals Sulawesi, de Molukken en West-Papua die een sterke connectie met Nederland hebben. Maar de immigranten van het Indonesisch archipel delen samen nog de Indonesische taal en het dragen van batik. 

Project Batik X Liliawati is op zoek naar: 

- Mensen van Indische, Molukse en Papuaanse afkomst die Bahasa Indonesia spreken en lezen.  
- Indonesiërs, Molukkers en Papuanen die op dit moment in Nederland wonen.
- Indonesisch Nederlanders. De tweede en derde generaties van Indonesische migranten die in Nederland zijn geboren maar spreken thuis nog regelmatig Bahasa Indonesia

Hoe doet u mee?

Meld u aan via batikboek@gmail.com met uw adresgegevens, zodat wij het vertaalpakket naar u kan sturen. Portokosten worden door ons vergoed. 

Thanks everyone for supporting my journey to Batik, here on my blog, online and in person. I feel so grateful I can spend my time working with, on, about Batik! Who would have thought I would be still busy with Batik and so busy with Batik, lucky me. 

Till the next post!

June 11, 2021

Sarong on Screen

Yesterday the short dancefilm 'Sarung' of Garin Nugroho premiered and I just had to share it here, together with some other on screen sarong appreciations I spotted these last months online. For more Batik online, please check out my previous blogpost Taking Batik Online.

I have been a big fan of Garin Nugroho's work for a while. His 'Opera Jawa' inspired me to make 'Dance in a ricecapet' (together with the films by Tony Gatlif). Last year, due to Covid, his film 'Memories of My Body' was screened online and I was happy I could enjoy this inspiring, moving film from my own couch. It is not always easy to see Garin Nugroho's work, and when I read the Esplanade festival commissioned a film by him and it would be screened online, I marked my agenda.
The film 'SARUNG' will be online till 27 of June, so don't wait to watch!

Sarung by Garin Nugroho

The humble sarung plays an important part in daily life, used not only as clothing but also to put children to sleep and to wrap and carry food. Sarung follows a dancer who is inspired by this versatile piece of cloth and begins creating new choreography. In the process, she is reminded of her mother whom she has not seen in a long time, spurring her to make the journey home. Sombre yet moving, this film reflects on the notions of home and familial bonds.

Raya and the Last Dragon

I think I got overly excited when I spotted Batik making in the trailer of Disney's latest movie 'Raya and the Last Dragon'. I had to see it of course. The snapshot from the trailer is as as long as Batik is featured in the actual film, but still. The Batik is showed lovely & wrong..It is a fantasy story piling up of Southeast Asian culture, so I guess they can take a little leap with it. The Batik is made with a very big canting and the end result is somehow Thai silk...Never the less, I really enjoyed the visuals of the film and the story. The clothing and jewellery everyone wears is gorgeous and it is fun to see where inspiration is taken from. 

 Swara Gembira Youtube & Instagram

Thanks to Ky Kale (check out his youtube channel, it is great!) I have been enjoying the video of Swara Gembira. Great to listen to Bahasa Indonesian and some slang while famous people (mostly influencers and local celebs) get wrapped in traditional Indonesian textiles. 
The concept is simple, yet very effective. The celebs bring their own clothing, upper part, and they get styled with kains from all over Indonesia. The channel shows that dressing traditional can be actually cooler than dressing in jeans (pun intended ;)) 
I really enjoy the videos and dreaming of being on the show one day, meanwhile I enjoy it from home and try out their sarong-styling ways.

Go check out the sarongs on screen and do put sarong watch tips in the comments!