Irfa Rifaah

Batik Pagi Sore is a textile art that has cultural expressions and symbols. The divider diagonal line between two motif compositions produces a different visualization when wrapped around a woman’s body. This textile has a history as a creativity form because of limited raw materials during the Japanese colonial period (1942-1945). Initiated by Chinese batik entrepreneur in Pekalongan, traditional Indonesian motifs that were already influenced by Chinese culture must be adapted to Japanese tastes, for example is peach blossoms turned into cherry blossoms motifs. Indonesian traditional docorations Kawung, Parang, and Ceplokan still adorn in this batik, as a background and filler. Batik as symbolization of the cultural history, layout and floral decorations becomes the background concept for this artwork. Preliminary studies of kimono floral stylization motifs composition, and Chinese florals naturalist illustrations develops to be a basis for the motifs inspiration in the artwork. Batik Pagi Sore which is closely related to the layout of the Susomayo and the Kawung decoration motifs, is poured into the design which will be translated into resist-dye technique. The purpose of this silk painting is to producing a new composition from the three cultures encounter with characteristics of each culture.