We are delighted to present you with our first-ever exhibition - Crafting Resistance. The exhibition features new batik designs and product range, which draw influences from youth culture, while maintaining allusions to local design traditions.
“Resistance” is a loaded word with multiple meanings — most obviously as a political event, but it also describes the wax resist technique at the core of the batik-making process. What makes batik distinct from other forms of design is not its motifs, which can easily be replicated in other forms, but the technique of wax resistance. This ancient technique is what lends batik the weight of tradition and makes up the central labour of the process.
Crafting Resistance is a meeting of medium and message, form and content. In our process, we delved into natural dyeing traditions in craft-making, using only dyes extracted from plants. We also attempt to be conscious of the production materials that we used, which are mostly upcycled from past products or wastes.
The story of any craft begins with its artisans, the ones who are sustaining the craft down through generations. Our first design depicts batik and mengkuang artisans at various stages of the batik-making and pandanus-weaving process, including block-making, stamping, dyeing, weaving and sewing. The design of the figures was inspired by figurative designs and illustrations seen on batik cloths before the spread of Islam across the region. For centuries now, geometric, floral, and arabesque motifs have been the norm in batik design due to a perception in Islam that the decorative depiction of figures and animals is a form of idolatry. This design is our way of celebrating the tukang who work with us and involving them in the results of their own creation. Due to the bleeding of the hot wax during the stamping process, some of the contours of the design were lost, resulting in forms that are more abstract and fluid (perhaps this helps to mitigate its transgressive nature!).
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INKAA Studio: 82C, Jalan Rotan off Jalan Kampung Attap
50460, Kuala Lumpur