JAKARTA, JAVA (CAPITAL CITY):
Parang Kenchana: Established in 1993, this batik producer is known for its contemporary fashion and modern silhouettes. They produce batik cloth, clothing and home decor.
Textile Museum/Museum Tekstil Jakarta: Jakarta’s Textile Museum is a cultural and educational institution with a mission to conserve traditional textiles such as its extensive batik collection.
Museum Nasional: National Museum as an institution of cultural heritage studies and cultural center of educational and recreational information, have an obligation to save and preserve Indonesia’s cultural heritage objects.
BOGOR, JAVA: (important economic, scientific, cultural and tourist center, as well as a mountain resort) Bogor was included in the trip to show the diversity of climate within Indonesia and to visit a famous family-run silk farm, Rumah Sutra Alam (Natural Silk House) in Ciapus district, Bogor regency.
YOGYAKARTA, JAVA (touted as “the spiritual center” of Indonesia):
Pasar Beringharjo: This is the central market; I especially enjoyed the spice side market, a total immersion into smells. Lots of textile of all kinds here – at all price levels. Be sure to bargain – it is how business is done.
Brahma Tirta Sari Studio: Collaborators in art & life, Nia Filam and Agus Ismoyo run this one of several studios that produced the winning designs in either canting or cap batik. Ismoyo and Fliam were the first artists in Indonesia to extensively explore the medium of Javanese batik as contemporary textile art outside the boundaries of modern lukisan batik (batik painting).
Upcoming US Workshops: Nia and Ismoyo will be in the US in spring 2013. Check out workshop opportunities via their website link, above.
SURAKARTA/SOLO, JAVA (the “business center” of Indonesia):
House of Danar Hadi: Contemporary shop and private museum that holds an extensive collection of regional and historic batiks.
Kelly Cobb is a Philadelphia-based artist, designer and instructor in Fashion and Apparel Studies at University of Delaware, where she teaches CAD, Product Development/Management Studio and Creative Design Methods.
In collaboration with her design students, Gildan Activewear, Fair Labor Association and Instituto Politecnico Centroamericano in Honduras, Cobb carried out an ethical fashion project that demonstrated ground-up thinking about sustainability in the product development process. Cobb has designed functional prototypes for children’s sportswear and women’s RTW. She has also developed and coordinated sample production of surface designs for couture and RTW markets.
Cobb is active in community-supported creative initiatives such as Philadelphia Sewing Collective and Design Philadelphia and contributes to the blog Worn Through: Apparel from an academic perspective. She holds a BFA in Textiles/Fiber from Maryland Institute, College of Art and an MFA from University of Florid