Our dear friend, the late Gabriella Teggia helped set up a village workshop near Yogyakarta, where about 15 interns are taught the traditional Indonesian method of batik. This workshop is part of the Akar Wangi Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that develops and supports cottage industries in Java, where young people learn the skills to produce time-honored Javanese village crafts.

The batik making process involves drawing on the fabric (they use cotton and silk) and then repeated applications of wax for each different colour dye.

I donated the use of my series of 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals (see the post ‘Chinese Zodiac Cards and Friends of the Art Museum’ to see the original paintings) to use as designs to create wall hangings and sarongs.

To see the whole collection of wall hangings and sarongs go to:

http://www.akarwangi.org/productdetail.php?id=3

Here are the tiger and the rabbit wall hangings.

Tiger Batik Wall Hanging

Tiger Batik Wall Hanging

Sheep Batik Wall Hanging

Sheep Batik Wall Hanging