G7 Field Trip to The Batik Workshop
Batik as a centuries of tradition in Indonesia is part of our culture. As Indonesian we must pass this craft art to the yungster as part of Indonesian identity. In this term, G7 students would embrace how beautiful Batik is and how the artist draw it beautifully on a piece of fabric/ cloth.
As we know that Batik is part of Indonesian art which rich of cultural and historical pattern. G7A and G7B students went to Batik workshop on Jl Kenjeran Surabaya separately. G7B was lucky number one, as they went there on the first day, that was Monday (13/1) by shuttle cars and assisted by Ms Mala and Ms Yuniar as their homeroom teachers. On the following day, that was Tuesday (14/1), G7A experienced the unique of Batik and assisted by Ms Medha and Ms Marieta as the homeroom teachers. They started by paying attention on the explanation from Rumah Batik Surabaya owner, Mr Faiqoh Ismal, about the history of Batik in East Java, how many kinds of pattern East Java has and also what tools do we need to draw Batik. After sometimes, our students were assisted by Batik artists to learn some easy patterns and try them on a piece of cotton cloth. “The persons in charge in Rumah Batik Surabaya are very professional, they make sure our students work safely, as you know the burner and the wax are very hot, if they just reckless they will burn their hands,” Ms Mala explained. During this programme, our students also learned how tough to be Batik artists, they learn the drive force to make ancient tradition pattern to be a very beautiful clothes or dress of Batik. “Well, Batik pattern are a lot, it’s like… each province or area has their own pattern so basicly it can be their identity. Unfortunately, I can’t draw as beautiful as it should be. But maybe someday I will try to draw the correct pattern of Javanese Batik,” Jessica told us about her experience. In line with Jessica, Nelson told us his very first experience holding canting to draw the pattern, “the wax is hot, and we must immerse or dip this canting into wax, this wax works as ink, just like a pen and I need to work carefully, or else I will just burn my hand and that won’t be nice,” Nelson seriously told us his experience. after some trials and errors our students finally finished their work. “I’m done, I’m happy, I draw dragon. I think I have this kind pattern of Batik, so I just draw the easiest pattern,” Jason happily show us his pattern. The Edu Trip ends around 12 and all students were happy with their result. “They learned so many things, not only learned about culture and history but they also learned about hard work. As we know that to make Batik especially by using traditional method needs a hard work so that it will be valuable,” Ms Marieta explained. Experiencing this Edu-Trip, we do really hope G7 students will learn about the value of hard work and how important keeping up and passing the tradition to youngsters.