Activities News



November – December 2010- January 2011 Events Submission



Do you have an art or batik-related event in November – December 2010- January 2011 ? myBatik is now accepting events to be included in our next issue. Deadline for submission is 10 December 2010. Email the title/date & time/location and a brief synopsis of the event to We accept both local and overseas events.




TMS Art Gallery & myBatik offices will be closed on 25th December 2010 and 1st January 2011 to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays.

We would like to wish all Christians a very merry and blessed
Christmas, and send our warmest wishes to everyone for a safe and memorable holiday season.

Happy New Year and may the year 2010 brings even more opportunities to grow, prosper and succeed!

Thank you!

Post your batik event here – It’s free

Your organization can now promote batik-related events at This is a free service offered by us in the hope of promoting batik artists/designers and their programming to our web-visitors…

If your organization would like to add its programmes and events on, please email the title/date & time/location and a brief synopsis of the event to As soon as your event is approved, it will appear on this website. We do appreciate your posting!

Thank you


Batik in Animation & Video

An interesting YouTube video on batik…

Piala Seri Iman 2009
Looks like the year end is a hectic moment for all batik people in Malaysia. Moving our radar to the east coast; Terengganu prepares itself for the Piala Seri Iman 2009, another batik competition that awards the most talented fashion designers. Apart from fashion designers, entrepreneurs in Terengganu have a reason to be merry as well, as there will also be an Entrepreneurs Award 2009 for the state of Terengganu. So, if you happen to be cruising along the east coast on 20 December 2009, get on the port and make your way to Dewan Konvensyen, Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI).
Art Festival opens in Indonesia
Art festival titled “the Biennale Jogja X-2009” opened in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province Friday, Kompas daily reported on Saturday. The Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik in his opening remarks said that culture could craft a nation’s identity, making it much more important compared to tourism. Therefore, the government through the ministry will allocate bigger budget for culture … Continue

KLIB Convention & Exhibition 2009
Attention: Batik entrepreneurs and traders
This year’s KLIB convention & exhibition revolve around the theme “The Business of Batik”. If you are free, drop by KLCC Convention Centre this weekend and learn more about the batik trade, new trends in fashion and also batik art history. Adding to that, the latest fashion talents in batik will be unravelled during the Piala Seri Endon Competition that kicks off Sunday, December 13th 2009. More details on the conference and exhibition can be found here.
Batik collections of President Obama’s mother, Ann Durham

Image courtesy: Wikipedia

While doing some research on the Internet, I discovered a Flikr site that features the batik collections of President Obama’s mother, Ann Durham. Click here to view the collection.

And here’s an interesting write-up about Ann Durham’s passion for batik and an exhibition that featured her batik collections, “A Lady Found a Culture in its Cloth: Barack Obama’s Mother and Indonesian Batiks“..

Ann Dunham loved and collected many handcrafted objects, including textiles. As a teenager, she wove wall hangings in earthy shades of brown and green for her own enjoyment. After marrying Lolo Soetoro and moving to Indonesia in the 1960s with her son Barack Obama, she was naturally drawn to the vibrant textile arts of her new home. She began to amass a collection of Javanese batiks — fabrics patterned by using a wax-resist process — from which this exhibition is drawn. These textiles were readily seen on city and village streets in this Southeast Asian nation at that time. Her interests in batik patterned cloth were complex. She did not acquire rare or expensive pieces, but rather contemporary examples that were an expression of a living tradition, patterned with both classic designs and those of passing fashion. The lives of the batik makers also fascinated her. While earning degrees in anthropology from the University of Hawaii in the 1970s and 1980s, she focused on how to help craftspeople, like those creating batik in Indonesia. She worked with the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and later with USAID and the World Bank, guiding projects beneficial to poor women through microand small enterprises. She eventually set up microcredit projects all over Indonesia as well as in Pakistan and Kenya. The wide variation in the batiks on view in this exhibition reflects the range of colors and patterns that captured her imagination and provides a window into Indonesian culture ~ The Textile Museum, Washington D.C, August 6, 2009

Jeannie Cotter






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