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Hands-on experience the culture of Colorful Indonesian lifestyle

Batik making 

with Rumah Indonesia and Spice NDU.

Wayang making - Javanese puppet

with Paguyuban Tiyang Jawi (PTJ USA).

Balinese offerings and decoration with Banjar Bali USA.

West Java "Iket" - Sundanese men headgear

with Rumpun Wargi Pasundan (RWP USA)

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Experience the process of making batik 
Rumah Indonesia and Spice NDU

The techniques, symbolism and culture surrounding hand-dyed cotton and silk garments known as Indonesian Batik permeate the lives of Indonesians from beginning to end: infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and the dead are shrouded in funerary batik. Clothes with everyday designs are worn regularly in business and academic settings, while special varieties are incorporated into celebrations of marriage and pregnancy and into puppet theatre and other art forms. The garments even play the central role in certain rituals, such as the ceremonial casting of royal batik into a volcano. Batik is dyed by proud craftspeople who draw designs on fabric using dots and lines of hot wax, which resists vegetable and other dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

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Balinese Offerings 

Experience the beauty of Balinese craft
Banjar Bali USA

Weaving janur (coconut leaves) is part of Balinese cultural heritage. The people on the island have consistently used janur as offerings to show gratitude and thankfulness. This develops a unique culture of janur weaving that is passed from generation to generation. Janur woven in Bali serves for religious as well as art purposes.
With Banjar Bali USA, the Balinese community in Washington DC and its surroundings, we will learn together how to make Canang Sari, a little basket made of woven coconut leaves decorated with flowers used by Balinese as a daily offering to show gratitude to God and to the universe.
We also learn how to weave janur using a particular type of paper to make some traditional Balinese crafts or to create a masterpiece you can bring home as a souvenir.

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Javanese Puppet

Experience in making simple Javanese Puppet
Paguyuban Tiyang Jawi (PTJ USA)

Wayang is an Indonesian word for theater. Bayang, the Javanese word for shadow or imagination, also connotes "spirit." When the term is used to refer to puppet theater, the puppet itself is sometimes referred to as wayang. There are many forms of wayang, including dances performed with masks and dramas performed with wooden, jointed puppets, but the most famous is wayang kulit, "shadow puppet theater." Only the silhouette shadows of the puppets are seen, projected onto a cotton screen.
the hands-on will provide wayang from paper.

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West Java "Iket"
the Sundanese men headgear

Experience putting traditional men headgear
from West Java
Rumpun Wargi Pasundan (RWP USA)

Each different region, island, tribe, and culture in Indonesia has its own head-dress/head-gear worn traditionally by the particular people of the area. Men's head-dress are usually made of traditional fabrics, while women's head-dress often consists of metal jewelries sometimes decorated with floral arrangements

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