Josephine Obin Komara describes herself as a simple “cloth-seller” but many Indonesians would call her a national treasure. She has elevated batik to a contemporary art form through her unique designs and unorthodox take on the traditional. She helped spark a renaissance in the field and has inspired many young designers to work with one of the most revered hallmarks of Indonesian culture. In this talk, the Jakarta native gives a rare look into her childhood and how it shaped her views on batik, fashion, Indonesia and her own identity as a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.
About Ronald Gilliam
Ronald is currently a doctoral candidate in Asian Theatre at UH-Mānoa. He is responsible for leading and developing all online communication at CSEAS in addition to acting as the curator for the CSEAS music program.