Monday, August 20, 2012
Friday, August 12, 2011
CISV held its “Annual International Meeting” in Bali, Indonesia from 2 to 7 August. 260 delegates from 44 countries attended this event to exchange ideas, sharing information and knowledge, and interact socially as well as learn bout the traditions and culture of the host country. Mutual cooperation or “gotong royong” in Bahasa -the Indonesian language, was the theme for this event. I was fortunate to have been invited to share some of my ideas on the “Concept and Practice of Gotong Royong” in Indonesia; this also gave me the opportunity to witness the participants’ enthusiasm and friendship environment.
This note is intended to share with you an cultural activity carried out by a group of CISV Annual International Meeting participants; this has not only impressed me but it also made me realize the potential of batik. 30 participants from all walks of life –lawyer, accountant, development practitioner, etc, and from different nationalities (Asia, Europe, America, and Latin America) came to Batik Popiler 2’s premises to learn about the process of making a batik painting. The activity started with a Batik Popiler 2 staff providing the group with an explanation on the batik process; a second staff gave them hands on demonstration on how to actually make a batik painting; and then the action started!
Briefly, each and all the members of this group received a piece of cloth and pencil and they started by sketching the batik painting design; they then waxed the drawing by line and area according to the intended colors, and finally the dyeing was done. They then concluded their visit to “Popiler 2” by going inside the shop to see the different batik styles and representations. Since the batik painting they have made required a couple of hours to dry properly, the finished products were sent later to them to their hotel.
This experience lasted over an hour and the staffs of “Popiler 2” were really impressed by the interaction within the group, obvious enjoyment of their experience, and greater appreciation on how much the process of making batik takes! Their motivation and esprit de corps among them to go on with the process was particularly noticeable! When one of them would make a mistake, all of them would give their fellow-group friendly laughs and comments and some of them would actually provide her/him with assistance so that s/he could go ahead with the process.
|CISV Batik Workshop|
Reflecting upon this experience one can help but think of the value of friendship, the importance of building global friendship and how group batik making can unite people of gender, background and professional diversity. The lesson learned from this activity is that it takes positive thinking, positive affect and positive behavior to build and strengthen friendship; the activity of CISV group batik making has proved it! Congratulation to CISV on your noble mission of “Building Global Friendship” as well as on your initiative of promoting a cultural activity of Indonesia! “Batik Popiler 2” welcomes more groups in the future to hands on going though the process of batik making and building friendship.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The management and staff experience great joy and satisfaction to see children and adults, Indonesians and non-Indonesians, doing batik in the premises of “Batik Popiler II. Primary school children totally immersed for hours in applying the wax on the linen and then jubilant they look at their work after the dying has been completed; visitors from Japan, America, Holland, etc even spent a few days until they have mastered the entire process of doing batik. The most rewarding experience for Batik Popiler II is the presence of the Bali Art School students spending several days practicing the art and process of doing batik.
Several experienced batik artists from Java are permanent residents of Batik Popiler II and they guide local and oversea batik students. They and a group of Balinese trained employees are in a special place at the entrance of the shop, and provide knowledge and guidance to the batik students as well as firsthand demonstration to visitors who show interest in the batik process. The benefits of hands-on learning about batik by doing batik is, in the first place, a meaningful experience because the practitioner has chosen on her/his own initiative to do so; and, secondly, the interaction with experienced masters in the art of batik as well as the exuberant batik environment that characterizes this place strengthen the practitioner’s appreciation for and perseverance in the art of batik.
Batik Popiler II opens its doors wide open to those who are interested in learning about batik by doing batik. Experience has shown to management and employees that those who have learned about batik in the Batik Popiler II premises have completed their practices with joy, enthusiasm and greater appreciation for this noble art that is so embedded in the culture of Indonesia. Learning about batik by doing batik requires humility, patience and perseverance. Humility because of the great works of batik art that others have created and we attempt to emulate; patience because only with willingness, diligence and dedication one can master this art; and perseverance because only with a steady holding on doing batik one will at the end appreciate the results; the greatest lesson to be learned about doing batik is that there is not short cut to it!
By Anibal Luis Oprandi
Please view the video of Batik Popiler II production . It demonstrate the Batik making process
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