Batik work­shop

Chil­dren can learn how to cre­ate batik tex­tiles at Il­ham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR CHILD - Sheela Chan­dran

YOU can en­joy the up­com­ing school hol­i­days with a se­ries of kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties at Il­ham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

If you want to learn how batik is made, sign up for a batik work­shop on March 16.

Open to chil­dren be­tween the ages of 11 and 15, the three- hour work­shop will demon­strate batik- mak­ing us­ing ba­sic meth­ods and easy- to- use ma­te­ri­als. It will be con­ducted by Teja Art Con­sul­tancy’s Nizreen Os­man.

Batik is a fab­ric cre­ated us­ing a spe­cial wax- re­sist dye­ing tech­nique. The ori­gins of batik date back to the 13th cen­tury and it is pro­duced in many other Asian coun­tries such as In­done­sia, In­dia and the Philip­pines.

Il­ham cu­ra­tor Ra­hel Joseph said the work­shop gives chil­dren a chance to de­velop their cre­ativ­ity, while learn­ing the art of batik- mak­ing. “Chil­dren will have an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover the artist in them as they are given a free hand to ex­plore their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and make their own batik.”

The batik work­shop will be held in con­junc­tion with Il­ham Gallery’s batik art ex­hi­bi­tion Love Me In My Batik: Mod­ern Batik Art From Malaysia And Be­yond. The ex­hi­bi­tion which runs un­til June 15, looks at how the medium was em­braced and rein­vented by gen­er­a­tions of artists from the 1950s till the present day.

Ra­hel said through the ex­hi­bi­tion, chil­dren can learn about batik art, a tra­di­tional craft that is im­bued with his­tory and cul­ture.

“It is im­por­tant to learn about batik as it is closely tied to Malaysia’s cul­tural his­tory and it has a place in the art of South­east Asia. Love Me In My Batik show­cases a batik paint­ing, the de­vel­op­ment of the batik process, and the work of cer­tain artists who have trans­formed batik from a craft to a fine art form.”

There’s also the Art Dis­cov­ery tour for chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and five. Ra­hel said the one- and- a- half- hour tours are de­signed to give young chil­dren a chance to en­gage with art, in­ter­pret ideas and cre­ate their own art­works in a fa­cil­i­tated en­vi­ron­ment. Tours take place on March 15 and 16 ( 10am).

“The tours are an in­te­gral part of Il­ham’s mis­sion to cul­ti­vate art ap­pre­ci­a­tion in young chil­dren, and to give them the con­fi­dence to talk about art – what they like and don’t like, and why. The tours are a way of en­cour­ag­ing a gen­er­a­tion to be in­ter­ested in, and ex­cited by art.” Il­ham Gallery’s batik work­shop will be held on March 16 ( 10am- 1pm) at Il­ham Gallery, 8 Jalan Bin­jai in Kuala Lumpur. Fees: RM25. To reg­is­ter, e- mail info@ il­ham­galery. com For more de­tails, go to www. il­ham­gallery. com.

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