Saturday, June 20, 2009

Obama's Mother and Indonesian Batiks

this picture of Indonesian Batik is taken from here

"A Lady Found a Culture in Its Cloth: Barack Obama's Mother and Indonesian Batiks" is a series of exhibition featuring the Indonesian batik clothes collected by Obama's mother, Ann Dunham. This exhibition will pass through New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington DC. As an Indonesian living in United States, of course I feel proud to see that our cultural heritage is being introduced and appreciated by the public in America. If you happen to live, to visit, or to be at those places when the exhibition is held, I think it will be a good idea to come by and see. :)

The following is the press release from the California College of Arts that I found here:

This exhibition features 20 large fabrics and two scarves from the batik collection of Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama's late mother. The collection has been in storage for many years and this is a valuable opportunity for the public to see it. The presentation is part of a national tour that is also passing through New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington DC this summer.

Indonesia is home to the ancient tradition of batik, in which fabric is decorated using a wax-resist dyeing process. Batiks are often intricately patterned and vividly colored, and they come in a wide variety of styles, from classic to contemporary.

The San Francisco presentation of the exhibition will also feature selected works by students in the Textiles and Fashion Design programs at California College of the Arts. These works will complement Dunham's collection and indicate some of the contemporary directions this centuries-old art has taken.

You can also read more about the exhibition at the Washington Textile Museum's website. :)


  1. Very interesting news for me.. thanks a new entrance for me, regards, Marja van Putten

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