The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Sunday, December 3, 2006
《International Symposium》From Batik to Print: The Globalization of Designs and Techniques in Textiles

Place: The 4th Seminar Room, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.
Time: 10:00-17:30 December 3, 2006
Languages: English and Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
* This symposium is open to the public.
If there are any questions, please contact the International Cooperation Unit of the Research Cooperation Section (Tel: 06-6876-2151 / e-mail)



Currently, the National Museum of Ethnology is holding a special exhibition "SARASA KONJAKU MONOGATARI" [Arabesque of Batik Designs and Techniques] from 7th September to 5th December. At this exhibition we show that the design and technique of Indonesian batik was adopted by the print and batik industries of Europe, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, China, Africa and the Caribbean countries. Today the batik and printed textiles made in these countries have spread widely around the world as popular materials for clothing.

This symposium is held as a related project to the exhibition. We would especially like to discuss how the design and technique of batik developed in the batik industry of Indonesia and also in the print industries of Indonesia, Europe, and Africa. Furthermore we would like to discuss the factor of globalization of the designs and techniques of Javanese batik.


December 3, 2006 (Sunday)
Chairperson: Kazuyo Iseki (Osaka University of Arts) and Yoko Ueba (Osaka University of Arts)
10:00 - 10:10 "Opening Address"
Shinobu Yoshimoto (National Museum of Ethnology)
10:10 - 11:00 Introduction to the Symposium: Aims and Problems: "Globalization of Batik Designs and Techniques"
Shinobu Yoshimoto (National Museum of Ethnology)
11:00 - 11:50 "Batik Industry and Print Textile with Batik Design in Indonesia"
Toetti T. Soerjanto (Danar Hadi's Antique Batik Gallery, Indonesia)
11:50 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:50 "Print Textiles Discovered in Indonesia" (tentative title)
Ryoko Utsumi (Osaka Seikei University)
13:50 - 14:40 "Dating and designs in Indonesian and Indian textile history"
Robyn Maxwell (Australia National University)
14:40 - 15:30 "Industrial Batik Prints from the Netherlands 1845-1950"
Rens Heringa (Leiden University)
15:30 - 16:20 "Ankara, Adire and Kampala: African-Print fabrics and two modern Nigerian textiles"
John Picton (University of London)
16:20 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30 Discussions