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Indigo Colloquium

The Year of Ethnobotany: North American Indigo Projects
Michel Garcia
Sunday, 31 March 2019

Slow Fiber Studios and UC Botanical Garden collaborated in presenting the North American Indigo Projects with guest speakers, including world-renowned natural dye expert Michel Garcia from France; Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, Tennessee; and Rowland Ricketts, Indiana. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion panel with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed; Craig Wilkinson, Sonoma; Graham Keegan, Los Angeles; and a moderator, Yoshiko Wada, Berkeley.

Batik Colloquium: Enduring Art of Dyers In Indonesia

Film Screening + Lectures + Batik Demonstration + Indonesian Dance & Music Performance + Batik Trunk Show + Potluck Lunch
Sunday, 14 October, 2018 at Hillside Club, Berkeley, California, USA

Slow Fiber Studios hosted a series of events focused on Javanese life and culture through the lens of its batik traditions. Batik touches on just about every aspect of Indonesian life. From the cloth a child is wrapped in when it is born to the clothing worn by Indonesian leaders at important gatherings, batik binds a proud nation to a long and cherished cultural identity. Batik is truly “intangible”, as UNESCO  proclaimed in 2009. It is part of our world heritage, the identity of an island nation, worthy of admiration and preservation.

Chapter 1 – Natasha Reichle: Historical and Social Background of Batik

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Chapter 2 – Daniel Gundlach: Contemporary Batik Production In Java

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Chapter 3 – Dr. Donald Breyer Presents His Unique Batik Collection

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Chapter 4 – Yoshiko Jinzenji: Translated by Yoshiko Wada

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