Josephine ‘Obin’ Komara

Josephine Komara describes herself as a simple “cloth-seller” but many would call her a national treasure. Anyone who has spent time in one of her boutiques knows that she has elevated batik to a contemporary art form. Through her unique designs and unorthodox take on the traditional, Obin, as she is best known, has helped spark a renaissance in the field and inspired many young designers to work with one of the most revered hallmarks of Indonesian culture.

Her endless fascination with batik and work in preserving the country’s heritage has helped her provide a livelihood to thousands of craftsmen and women in villages around the country. In her talk on “The Phenomenon of Indonesian Cloth,” Obin will delve deep into the meaning of batik and cloth and how both continue to define the Indonesian identity.