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by Georgina Tselekidis (subscribe)
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Published February 3rd 2016
An exciting exhibition of delicately crafted Batik artworks
Batik is a beautiful and unique art form that tells a story through the intricate and delicate patterns applied with wax onto materials such as silk or cloth. The fabric is then put through a dyeing process, and the wax resists the dyes, allowing the artist to colour the material in a diverse manner whilst the wax withholds its formation. By removing the wax with boiling water, the artist may repeat the process with multiple colours until the desired outcome is achieved.

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Photo Courtesy of Tandanya Facebook - Malpiya Davey, Ernabella Arts


Batik is a traditional art making style that is explored in various countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Philippines and Nigeria. This collection of batik pieces by the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in northern South Australia showcases quality workmanship that stays true to the batik techniques.

Adelaide, Tandanya, APY Lands, Art, Indigenous Art Work, Batik
Photo Courtesy of Tandanya Facebook


Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute located on Grenfell Street plays host to this exhibition that runs until the 10th of February, 2016. You will find a beautiful array of batik pieces that are visually aesthetic and alluring in every way, flowing with delicate patterns and detail and bursting with colour. The Indigenous artists have worked with textile designer Julie Taylor to introduce a new approach of batik design. By implementing new non-toxic dyes, the artists have created their works in a more safer environment, allowing them to adopt and apply these new skills and approaches to batik design in the future.

Adelaide, Tandanya, APY Lands, Art, Indigenous Art Work, Batik
Photo Courtesy of Tandanya Facebook


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Why? Beautiful art works that stay true to culture and tradition
When: Open Monday to Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
Where: Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
Cost: Free entry.
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