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2D animation / Cultural / Sound design

Batik Tiga Negeri

Area


2D animation, 3D animation, cel animation, sound design

Software used


After effects, autodesk maya, cinema 4D, audition, adobe photoshop

Project duration


June - November 2019

Batik is not merely a form of decorative cloth. In olden days central Java, it was considered the highest form of art, an expressive medium for spiritual needs and a cloth imbued by mythical powers. On the other hand the art experienced an exchanging swirl of inspiration and took upon a commercial nature in coastal Java. As the patterns took form by the batik artists in a long and rigorous process, each often holds meanings and philosophies. This 2D animation follows a young Javanese man, whose mother on her passing left behind an unfinished Tiga Negeri cloth, as he went on a journey of discovery in the pursuit of uncovering his mother's message.

Batik is an intricately patterned cloth made using the resist-dyeing method. The process involves the repeated steps of waxing and dyeing.

The problem

As with other cultural heritage, continuous preservation and innovation should be done to ensure its livelihood and development. Batik is still loved and widely worn at special occasions and at school, but the number of batik makers is declining. Not many as well, knew of the rich stories and meanings that batik hold. I'd like to build more exposure, awareness and appreciation towards the medium. This project also serves as an innovation to the art itself, like breathing life to static drawings on the cloth and into a moving storytelling medium.

Research and Brainstorming

The result of my research and brainstorming led me to this narrative centered on Batik Tiga Negeri, a type of batik involving the collaboration of three different batik making regions where each lend upon their specialties. A Batik Tiga Negeri cloth may first be waxed and dyed red in Lasem, then blue in Pekalongan and soga brown in surakarta.

The narrative

As with other cultural heritage, continuous preservation and innovation should be done to ensure its livelihood and development. Batik is still loved and widely worn at special occasions and at school, but the number of batik makers is declining. Not many as well, knew of the rich stories and meanings that batik hold. I'd like to build more exposure, awareness and appreciation towards the medium. This project also serves as an innovation to the art itself, like breathing life to static drawings on the cloth and into a moving storytelling medium.

Art Direction

My art direction here is heavily inspired by batik designs, with the unique style, in order to give an impression of the cloth coming alive.

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My Name is Beth Lavie