Batik Procedure in 8 Steps from Indonesia: Manuscript Portfolio with Original Fabric Artwork and Text Presented By Noted Mormon Educator Virginia F. Cutler
(Textile Design History)

Djakarta Indonesia: Manuscript, 1958. F A folding 'book' of (10) panels titled in crisp black lettering on the cover and in the same bold lettering throughout; with a short list of the material and equipment needed and small pen drawings of these items; followed by explanatory 'pages,' each with a 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" tipped-on cloth with pinked edges example of the technique shown, following the production of batik in the regular manner and also a special and more laborious technique, wherein the wax applied to the design is scraped off by hand in order to provide yet another color: I. Reng. Rengan. "The first drawing on the white material with melted wax in a "chanting" to give the outlines of the design." II. Terusan (showing reverse drawing & dyeing) III. Tembokan "The spaces in the design which have to be white are covered with wax..." IV. Tjelepan or Wedelan "The basic color (dark blue) is applied by soaking the painted material in wedel which is a vegetable color made of the leaves of the "indigo" plant..."V. Kelengan or Lorodan (cleaning by boiling in water, also 'ngerak,' the alternative process) VI. Riningan or Biron (covering spaces with wax, or not, if 'ngerak' process) VII Sogan "The result after the dying process with soga, the brown color made of the "bark" of various mentioned plants VIII Babara Satria Manah "The last process on the material by boiling in water and by scraping out the wax"; each example also has a numbered & typed strip of white cloth sewn-on, identifying the piece, with the last, finished example noting "Made by Mrs. Sudirman Banjurmas"; the final panel noting "Presented by Virginia F. Cutler Djakarta"; a remarkably energetic and talented woman who overcame difficulties associated with an early widowhood, childrearing duties and the Depression, (Dr.) Virginia Farrer Cutler (1905-1993) American educator, author, lecturer, professor and head of the Home Economics Dept at the University of Utah, created the Family Home Living Center there, was educational advisor for the State Dept.'s International Cooperation Admin. in Southeast Asia, first in Bangkok, Thailand, for two years and then in Djakarta, Indonesia, for five years - we speculate that it was at this time that the "Batik" item was created. Eventually she returned to Utah from Djakarta and became the dean of the College of Family Living at BYU, awarded the Fulbright Fellowship to the U. of Ghana in Legon and retired in 1970. Honors include: U.S. delegate to the World Forum on Women, Brussels, 1962; American Association of University Women, Woman of the year, 1966; first distinguished professor at the Brigham Young University, 1967 and many more. (information from the BYU site - their special collections hold a few Cutler items); item not dated and circa 1958; made in one continuous fold, each panel approx. 12" x 14 1/2" size, with a continuous length of over 12 feet; created on one side only of the panels; we assume that Dr. Cutler collected the work of Mrs. Sudirman in an effort to present it to other English-speakers; the colors rich and vivid on each panel as is the final design; with some of the panels bearing their content of raised wax as appropriate to that stage of the process; each panel on 'manila' cardstock; some edgewear and soiling, closed tear to back panel of covers; batiks in very good condition; an impressive visual statement of the technique and the process of this ancient art form. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 21146)

$350.00

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