Sep 3rd & Sep 4th | Granville 600
11:30 am – 12:15 pm | 12:45 – 1:30 pm | 2:00 – 2:45 pm | 3:15 – 4:00 pm | 4:30 – 5:15 pm | 5:45 – 6:30 pm
Sep 5th | Granville 600
11:45 am – 12:30 pm | 1:00 – 1:45 pm | 2:15 – 3:00 pm | 3:30 – 4:15 pm | 4:45 – 5:30 pm
Batik is a wax resistant dying technique believed to be perfected by the Javanese in Indonesia. The intricate motifs and patterns in each batik fabric hold stories, legends, and mark every occasion from birth to death, earning recognition in UNESCO’S Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
In this meditative, hands-on session, you’ll learn the art of batik Tulis or “handwritten” batik. Using a canting, a traditional pen-like tool, you’ll learn about specific batik patterns and the history of how garments can be used as a form of storytelling.
Each workshop is approximately 30 minutes and limited to 10 participants, first come, first served. The workshop is open to youth and adults.
About the Artists
Bernarda Antony has worked with Indonesian batik since her first collection. Through these traditional motifs, she incorporates legends and folklore into her elegant designs and maintains a connection to her home. Bernarda is on a journey to storytelling the legends, motifs and meaning behind Indonesian batik. An alumnus of LaSalle International College in Jakarta and Sugino Fashion College in Tokyo, Bernarda shares the technique and tradition of storytelling with fashion through The Batik Library: Batik Workshop, offering unique pieces that blend distinctive patterns with a modern, gender-neutral design for a one-of-a-kind look. Bernarda also offers workshops introducing batik making to hobbyists and community members in North America.
You can usually find Bernarda in the crowd of her local craft market or behind the scenes in the costumes department, and always craving a Martabak.
Born and raised in Indonesia, Diandra has always shown passion in art. The first time she developed interest in Batik was when she went on a school trip to a small village in Slawi, Java and was able to create beautiful patterns with Batik. In Canada, she aims to share her passion in Batik with Vancouver, and that is how Batik by Diandra was founded.