Javanese Batik displayed in the Dutch Ethnographical Museums, provided an important stimulus in the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1890s. Artists, who were attracted to the exotic and decorative technique, researched and practised the traditional technique at the Colonial Museum in Haarlem. Javanese Batik was demonstrated at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris and met with widespread public interest, particularly from artists working in fashion and design. It was introduced into the schools curriculum and spread throughout Europe and the US. Batik as a practice remained in vogue into the 1930s, when its handcrafted and decorous style lost favour to machine printed textiles.
My Introduction to Batik
I was first introduced to Batik in the early 1960s, a time of counter cultural activity and social change. The devastation caused by the World War was a stimulant for the younger aspiring generation to fill the cultural void. Artists like myself intuitively challenged the established and discredited order by testing new materials and techniques to advance their ideas. Exploration for its own sake was the mantra of the moment