Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Badui Community in Banten – Sacred Lives

Badui peopleIn a fast-changing world, the Badui community in Banten reminds an enigma. A deeply spiritual community, a wholly unique and closed society, the Badui people of Banten steadfastly maintain their ancient ways, rejecting most trappings of modern society.Members of the innermost community, the badui Dalam (inner badui people), live in one of three villages, Cibeo, Dikertawana and

Saturday, March 22, 2008

North Sumatera Cultural Art

The native people consists of all kinds of ethnic groups namely the Malayans, Batak Toba, Simalungun, Karo, Pakpak Dairi, Pesisir, Mandailing and Nias. They reside in their own area, nevertheless there is an assimilation among the migrants in some areas especially in big cities.The majority of the population earn their living by farming. In the coastal area there are a lot of them who live as

Friday, March 21, 2008

Lampung Cultural Art

The culture of Lampung has begun since prehistoric time based on the prehistoric inheritance of Lampung including the spreading area of megalith and bronze Culture, this is based on the discoveries of bronze drums or “nekara” and statues of ancestors of megalithic era in specific Pasemah style of Art.At the beginning of the first century the Hindu influence was supposed to enter Indonesia. The

Monday, March 17, 2008

Traditional Craft of South Sumatera

Since long before, South Sumatera has been known with its traditional crafts like weaving, plaiting, wood carving, ceramics and metal-craft. Hereditary, these art craft has not change much. It is caused by the fact that most of those products are utilized as equipments in the adapt ceremonies.It has been mentioned about the tradition to decorate the adapt-house with wood-carving. This wood

Monday, March 10, 2008

Palembang Songket Handwoven Textile

Traditional weaving ToolsThe songket-weaving is a traditional craft work. It has been known already since the Sriwijaya period. The materials utilized are usually gold and silk yarns. The original characteristics of Palembang songket can be detected by observing the motives on those textiles. According to the applied decorative motives and their designs, the motives reflects roses, chained stars,

Sunday, March 9, 2008

EAST JAVA CULTURAL ART

East Java (Indonesian: Jawa Timur) is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the eastern part of the island of Java and also includes neighboring Madura and Bawean islands. The administrative center of the province is located in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia and a major industrial center and port.East Java also hosts a significant population of other ethnic groups, such as

HISTORICAL CEMETERY IN GRESIK

CEMETERY IN GRESIKThere are some cemeteries which are of historical values in Gresik. Namely the cemetery of Fatimah binti Maimun or the cemetery of Princess Suwari or Princess Cempa (1082 A.D.). The cemetery of Fatimah binti Maimun is considered as the oldest one in Indonesia.The cemetery of Fatimah binti MaimunThe cemetery of Maulana Malik Ibrahim, died in 1419 was the first and the oldest

Thursday, March 6, 2008

MASK OF MALANG

Some collection of Malang masks for Mask Dance performanceMask (topeng) as a product of fine arts is not only used as decoration, but also as the equipment of dance and theatre in some performances. In Malang, to be exact in the Kedung Monggo village, Pakisaji sub-distric and in the Jabung village, Tumpang sub-distric, lots of Topeng are made to use for the performance of an opera or “wayang

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Adidas Incorporation on Indonesian "Batik" Motif?

Padamulanya sebuah obrolan ringan di greenroom, grandstudio Metrotv di Kedoya,Jakarta. Sore itu Pak Rahardi Ramelan dan Wahyu Aditya sedang bersiap untuk taping acara Padamu Negeri. Topiknya: Ekonomi Kreatif,Merambah Jalan Baru. Saya dan Fifi Aleyda Yahya sedang sharing dan brainstorming dengan mereka berdua.

Setelah bicara definisi, diskusi tentang praksis industri kreatif di Indonesia, peluang dan kendalanya. Studi perbandingan dengan negara-negara lain, memetakan isu-isu penting di sekitar topik itu, Pak Rahardi melempar tinjauan kritisnya mengenai polemik klaim atas batik antara bangsa kita dengan malaysia. Yang paling membuat kami terhenyak dan kian serius menyimak cetusannya adalah bahwa adidas, pernah meluncurkan seri materials of the world: Indonesia.

Bertanya pada google adalah langkah pertama yang lazim ditempuh buat mereka yang curious. Saya tidak berpikir dua kali....eureka.....akhirnya ketemu juga dengan artikel bergambar produk adidas itu. Bacaan soal inkorporasi di masa lalu yang saya catat dalam ingatan mencuat kembali.
check it out:
http://www.hypebeast.com/2006/10/adidas-materials-of-the-world-indonesia-series
http://www.freshnessmag.com/v4/2006/10/14/adidas-materials-of-the-world-indonesia/
http://www.footurama.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=610&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15&sid=c6b21f9914394fe215b79caba516bd03

Bagi yang kurang teliti akan dengan cepat menyimpulkan bahwa batik telah menjadi aksen dari produk-produk adidas itu. Buat para pembatik, yang diinkorporasi oleh adidas hanyalah ragam hias batik, bukan batik itu sendiri. Apalagi buat mereka yang bersikeras bahwa batasan batik adalah teknik rintang warna dengan canting dan lilin, baik yang tulis( handdrawn) dan cetak/cap( handstamp). Bukan printing, sablon apalagi stencil.