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Sabtu, 08 Oktober 2016

It’s Time to Embrace Nature Friendly Batik Making and Here’s One Inspiration!

There’s pride oozing from the words of Abdul Gofar, or more affectionally called Mamik. First the batik artisan and entrepreneur is very proud to be a resident of Pekalongan, and to create products that are original and creative is a reflection not only of the designer but also of the city itself.

“I was born and raised in Pekalongan so I have the responsibility to protect its art and culture, especially since we proclaimed ourselves as a Batik City” says Mamik. “Every effort involves many layers of society, and in the long run that reflects the vibrancy of Indonesia as well.”

For one thing, Mamik, despite speaking in a low voice, is very passionate about what he does for a living, and possesses that motivator characteristic, which suits him perfectly since he provides workshops on batik making at Dewan Kerajinan Nasional Daerah (The Regional Board for National Handicraft, or DEKRANASDA), a non-profit with a mission to develop and promote local handicraft artists. One of his latest innovation that became one of the spotlight in the still ongoing 8th Pekalongan Batik Week is the spouted tool for the batik cap (or stamp) technique that is made from used paper or carton instead of the common copper. (A little side note, the oldest batik process is batik tulis which entails drawing complex lines or dots with wax-resistance dye using a tool called canting. Meanwhile the batik cap technique that “prints” hot wax on to cotton began in the middle of the 19th century to speed up the production and lower the cost of batik cloth.)

Now Mamik offers an even lower cost alternative to the process. “I often try to see what’s happening in the market and what I observed was that there’s a decrease in batik sales, so I look for the reason behind it and one of them is our dependency on the raw material, copper, which price follows the fluctuation of the US dollar currency. So when it goes up, the batik prices go up as well. So that’s why we have to find another alternative so we can lower the production costs.”

The solution: recycling plastic or milk carton waste, which are obviously easier to collect from our daily lives. After about a year using the paper-based tool Mamik has found no difference in quality nor decrease in production, but he admits that now the challenge is honing the human resources and orienting the public’s interest towards this more environmentally-friendly technique (he also uses natural colouring).

“We need to educate and train our human resources so there’s a regeneration of batik artisans,”—and during the Pekalongan Batik Week visitors may go into Mamiek’s booth and learned how to make the batik stamp’s tool from scratch—“and so we need to provide an opportunity for the young ones so their expertise reaches professional level. But not only that, we also need to introduce our children to the process of batik making, and letting them study outside in nature so they don’t take for granted the bounties it produces.”

Once again, batik is a PROCESS and that is a fact that Mamik wants to stress as well. He said that only time will tell whether his new product will catches on with consumers as well as from the batik artists themselves, and hopefully in the future he’s able to create a new “culture”. “Never say you can’t because that will automatically discourage you to do anything. Say that you can, and you can do everything!”

Visit Mamik at the DEKRANASDA booth in the indoor area of Pekalongan Batik Week that is taking place now at Pekalongan City, Central Java.

2 komentar:

  1. I really interest about him and his project for society. Actually, I'm agree that we also have to introduce our children all about batik.
    And I like his quote "Say that you can, and you can do everything".

  2. Nice story so agree wè need to regenaration human resource