1. For the SS '13 collection, Maiyet featured the ancient art form of hand batik to create several key pieces for the season. Hand batik from Indonesia is a traditional method a wax dyeing fabric. Batik allows for the ability to create intricate patterns by canting, using a pen like tool that holds a reservoir of hot wax. The fabric is then dyed and the process is repeated until the desired print is created.

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    Nurhayati Srihardini Siti Nukatin (born in Semarang, Central Java, February 29, 1936), better known by her pen name "Nh. Dini" (sometimes "NH Dini" in English), is an Indonesian novelist and feminist. She is the youngest of five children of Saljowidjojo and Kusaminah. One branch of the family can be traced back to the Bugis of South Sulawesi.
    Dini says that she began to love writing when she was in the second grade. Her mother was a batik artist, inspired by Javanese culture. She would read stories and poems to Dini that were written in the traditional Javanese alphabet. Her talent for writing fiction was soon confirmed. At the age of fifteen she read her poems on RRI (the state radio network) in Semarang.

    In 1956, while working as a flight attendant for Garuda Indonesia Airways, she published a series of stories called Dua Dunia (Two Worlds). She also worked briefly as a radio announcer.

    In 1960 she married Yves Coffin, French consul to Kobe, Japan. Two children were born of their marriage; Marie-Claire Lintang and Pierre Louis Padang. As the wife of a diplomat, she went with her husband to Japan and then to Phnom Penh. She arrived in France in 1966. Later, they moved to Manila. In 1976, they moved to Detroit.

    Dini separated from her husband in 1984. She reclaimed her Indonesian nationality in 1985. For many years, she operated a non-profit agency devoted to juvenile literacy.

    She received the S.E.A. Write Award in 2003. Since then, she has lived in Sleman, near Yogyakarta. She currently resides in a nursing home and has had to suspend work on a novel and her memoirs due to worsening attacks of vertigo.

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  3. After our first three months at site we were itching to get out. The village life is becoming home now but we were ready for a bit of travel after our quarantine, ahem, mandatory adjustment period. Needless to say, we had been Yogyakarta dreamin' for weeks.

    All Indonesia PCVs have fantasies of Yogyakarta, the fabled cultural capital of Java. We heard about the place from our language teachers whom all live and work there. Our Indonesian education was interwoven with stories of Buddhist temples, Hindu empires, modern conveniences, and batik as far as the eye can see.

    The real Yogya did not disappoint. Three friends--Joe, Drew, Ellen--and I fell for the city at once. In 4 days we: visited 5 temples, shopped 3 batik galleries, ate 7 pizzas, relished 4 hot showers, and explored 1 water castle. Thank you, Yogya crew, for all the laughs.

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  4. A visit to a batik tulis (hand made batik) factory in Surakarta (Solo), Indonesia

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  5. Apa itu batik? Pertanyaan yang ditanyakan kepada penduduk di beberapa tempat yang kita kunjungi. Tiap orang Indonesia punya perspektif yang berbeda mengenai kerajinan identitas negeri ini. Semua perspektif ini yang menjadikan arti Batik beragam tetapi saat bersamaan memperkecil perbedaan dan menyatukan bangsa kita. Jadi, menurut anda apa itu batik?

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