The time has finally arrived! For centuries Batik, the internationally celebrated Cloth of Kings, used mainly as garment, will enter the billion-dollar industry of interior design. Universally accepted, Batik is both a process and motif or design. Today Batik is produced on many continents; however, nowhere is Batik created, produced and used to the extent it is in Indonesia. Thousands of people work in the creative aspect; millions in the field of production, and many millions more use it in daily life.
The world of interior design has become a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. In Indonesia, though, interior design is still in its infancy. It is, therefore, strategically important to introduce the outstanding wealth of Batik motifs, as well as the process, so that it will, and must, command a major share of the market. In today’s world, where a so-called global culture is forced upon many countries through a powerful media network, it is essential for a nation to assert itself and to strengthen its national identity. Batik is one of the pillars of the Indonesian identity.
This book will introduce and attempt to prove that Batik can enhance and enrich the beauty of elegant homes, commercial spaces, as well as the rapidly developing hospitality industry. The application of Batik in every part of the house from veranda to bedroom and dining room finds expression as art form, wall hangings, accessories and many more. Despite already being applied in Indonesia and the world at large, the use of Batik in the interior needs coaxing as well as convincing. With this publication, BAB PUBLISHING INDONESIA hopes to achieve just that. This book hopes to be a guide as well as a source of inspiration in how to use Batik in the human environment.
This collection of images illustrates the wide range of tastes in Indonesian interior décor. The Indonesians have a long history of sumptuous and opulent living. Visitors to the courts and homes of Javanese and Balinese royalty during the colonial period frequently remarked on the beautiful surroundings enjoyed by this group of people. They were the arbiters of good taste, the class that instinctively knew what was right.
Today, the legacy of tasteful, beautiful living survives. It is enjoyed by a much wider group of people who have increasingly recognised that their homes are peaceful oases where they can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. The home is a place of private entertainment, a haven to escape to from the stress and fast pace of the modern world.
The changes in society are reflected in the way that people have decorated their homes. Although many homes retain elements of regal formality – a legacy of the past – they also have increasingly embraced the importance of comfort and relaxation. Hence, in many homes we find spaces devoted to formality, custom and etiquette, particularly those areas set aside for entertainment. Dining rooms are grand and tables are laid as though awaiting the arrival of royalty. Chandeliers sparkle and reflect a million glittering lights. In contrast, these same grand homes have rooms where family members can simply sink into huge sofas and armchairs, kick off their shoes and let physical tensions seep away.
All of these homes illustrate a diverse range of tastes and styles, reflecting the different backgrounds of the owners. What they all have in common, though, is a love of batik, and a willingness to play and experiment with its infinite possibilities. Whether draped on tables, hung on walls, placed on chairs or sofas, or even used as wallpaper, these beautiful homes all celebrate the sumptuous language of batik.