Translation: Female Batik Worker

Submitted by: Juhr Selamet

Program: Graphic Design

Division: Arts and Humanities

This image was captured in 2016 during my thesis research project in Javanese batik, which was recognized in 2009 by UNESCO as a masterpiece of human heritage. Batik usually takes the form of patterned woven cloth, created by using canting or a wax pen to cover the parts of the fabric that tend to resist dyeing or color during the process. Its diverse patterns demonstrate cultural diversity and symbolize Indonesia’s historically complex religious views, cultures, and ethnic identities. Though Javanese are the most likely Indonesians to wear and promote batik, it remains present in most Indonesian communities and at least 18 Indonesian provinces. By creating solidarity across this broad number of different ethnic groups, batik has gained a reputation as a tool for strengthening cultural heritage and nation-building. This sense of belonging plays a significant role in providing cultural continuity, while making a notable contribution to the country’s economy. This image is of a female worker in a batik “Sri Kuncoro” workshop that is located in a village called Wukirsari - Giriloyo in Imogiri, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.