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 was responsible for leading and developing all online communication strategies at CSEAS from 2009 to 2016, in addition to acting as the curator for the CSEAS music program.