This week on the 4th of December, our founder and CEO Ripy Mangkoesoebroto took part as a moderator on the “Transformation of Batik” Talk Show presented by Mrs. Uti Rahardjo’s Amandari Gallery and powered by PLN. This event was attended by several innovators in the batik-making field, such as Ms. Amalia Prabowo, Director of the Global Entrepreneur & Talent Incubator, Mrs. Dwita Herman, founder and CEO of Buana Alit Gallery, and Mr. Nova Suparmanto, the inventor of the Astoetik electric stove.
How did batik transform? At first, batik was commissioned by elites for their exclusive circles, but now in the era of the fourth digital revolution, batik has also been transformed to keep up with the development of the fashion world resulting in batik designs that are more modern and fortunately still popular with a wide range of people across all generations.
Mrs. Uti Rahardjo and Mrs. Dwita Herman both cultivate their love of batik through the creation of their respective galleries, Amandari Gallery and Buana Alit Gallery. Both display traits of openness and innovation in their work, with Mrs. Rahardjo conserving batik of the past onto future generations through her gallery, which has legacy, investment, and diplomacy as its core values, and Mrs. Herman approaching batik artisans with inspiration from her travels to create batik that is a blend of local influences, such as Pekalongan and Madura batik, as well implementing foreign influences, such as bringing Dutch windmills and Aboriginal art into her batik designs. To complement their work of cultivating batik for a new generation and creating new designs by bringing in untried and beautiful influences, was Mrs. Amalia Prabowo, who brought to the field of batik her experience in the advertising industry, in order to introduce the modern and transformed batik to a new generation of eager consumers: the millennials.