Technologien/Praxen | Färben mit Naturstoffen

Karin Altmann
Art Sciences and Art Education, Textiles - Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design
2021W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03050


JAVANESE BATIK - Creative Processes in Wax

Batik is part of the Indonesian soul.  The resist-dyeing technique of patterning cloth through the application of wax is an ancient art form known in several parts of the world, but it reached its highest level of complexity on the island of Java. Indonesian batik is characterized by a multitude of traditionally given patterns and colors that are often religious or culturally connoted. While linked to the worldview, philosophy, and social order of Java, over the past two centuries batik has become a powerful cultural medium connecting Indonesia with other parts of the world. In 2009, UNESCO declared Indonesian batik as a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

In cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, the Weltmuseum Wien, Indonesian academics, artists, social entrepreneurs, designers and fashion makers, we will study the creative processes and various aspects of Javanese batik, which will also inspire artists beyond the batik tradition and open up new perspectives.

In addition to artistic practice, the course is accompanied by theoretical discourses, lectures and discussions that present different artistic positions and enable networking with experts.

Examination Modalities

Regular attendance (80%) and active participation, presentation of the work results at the end of the semester and documentation (submission in digital form).


Max. 12 participants

Key Words

Javanese Batik, Textiltechniken, Kooperation, Indonesien, Kreative Prozesse, Cultural appropriation, Muster, textile work, discussion, batik


19 October 2021, 10:00–12:00 Weltmuseum Wien / Heldenplatz , "Pre-Opening Event: Guided Tour “Indigo and Batik“ 
with textile restorer Barbara Pönighaus-Matuella and Karin Altmann and Reception of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia at the Weltmuseum Wien"
09 November 2021, 10:00–12:30 Auditorium , "Opening Event with Indonesian Embassy, Talks (Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo and Nia Fliam) and Performances"
23 November 2021, 10:00–12:00, "ZOOM Talk “Keeping the Tradition” with Threads of Life Co-Founder William Ingram and Batik Artist Agus Ismoyo."
13 December 2021, 10:00–18:00 FLUX 1 , "Workshop "The Creative Process of Javanese Batik" with Florentinus Yosfiarso"
14 December 2021, 10:00–12:00, "ZOOM Talk “Fashionable Batik” with Fashion Designer Novita Yunus"
18 January 2022, 10:00–12:00, "Nachbesprechung"

Course Enrolment

From 06 September 2021, 08:00 to 11 October 2021, 20:00
Via online registration
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Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): Künstlerische Praxis (tex): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (tex)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Künstlerische Praxis (dex): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (dex)

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible