On this page you will find information about Indonesia. What kind of information can you expect:
Ř Links to interesting sites about Indonesia (e.g.: Recipes, Music, Pasar Malam, Indonet).
Ř Article “The Rise of a New Generation” about three “Indo” generations, written by Jan Krancher.
Ř Indonesian Products (like Batik, etc.)
Ř History of Indonesia
Ř Pictures of trips to Indonesia (Made by members of the family)
Ř Travel information (Made by members of the family)
Ř Indonesian Sport (like Badminton, etc.)
“The Rise of a New Generation” is an article about three “Indo” generations, is written by Jan Krancher (www.krancher.org ). It is about the Dutch-Indonesian Cultural Renaissance in the Netherlands. Click here to read the article.
Batik is generally thought of as the most quintessentially Indonesian textile. Motifs of flowers, twinning plants, leaves buds, flowers, birds, butterflies, fish, insects and geometric forms are rich in symbolic association and variety; there are about three thousand recorded batik patterns.
The patterns to be dyed into the the clothe are drawn with a canting, a
wooden 'pen' fitted with a reservoir for hot, liquid wax. In batik workshops,
circles of women sit working at clothes draped over frames, and periodically
replenish their supply of wax by dipping their canting into a central vat. Some
draw directly on the the cloth from memory; others wax over faint charcoal
This method of drawing patterns in wax on fine machine-woven cotton was practiced as a form of meditation by the female courtiers of Central Java; traditionally, batik tulis (tulis means 'write' in Indonesian) is produced by women.
In the 19th century, the application of waxed patterns with a large copper stamp orcap saved the batik industry from competition with cheap printed European cloth. The semi-industrial nature of cap work allows it to be performed by men. Batik motifs recall characters from the Hindu epics, plants, animals, sea creatures and gamalan melodies.
In Surakarta rich creams and browns are juxtaposed with tinges of yellowish gold.White, undyed cloth is left to contrast with the sombre opulence of brown and blue dyes in Yogjakarta. The palette of the north coast were influenced by lively maritime trade and the textile traditions of the Chinese and Arab mercantile communities living in port and coastal towns.