When my grandmother passed away 2 years ago, there’s sadness among the family, of course, not only we’d just lost our beloved family member, but also she was a very good batik painter. She’d been a batik painter since before Indonesian independence, she knew how to paint this motive and that motive. She knew everything about batik. Losing her meant losing a true warrior of batik painter. Who will inherit the legacy? Who will paint batik when the painters are mostly old people, what if someday all’s gone? I kept on worrying about that actually. Not only that, batik was not really popular (only elder people wore batik) until only few years back, when our nationalism was poked.
Well, this is a good news, when seven young people from Bandung, West Java, grouped together as the Bluemoon Technology-Pixel People Project have introduced a potentially revolutionary innovation to the world of batik design in Indonesia with the launch of their Batik Fraktal V2 software, which enables batik to be designed without human intuition.
The software, development of which began in late 2007 with the support of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, the Research and Technology Ministry and a grant from Senada-USAID, enables designs to be made by a computer, which processes traditional batik design patterns into millions of new motifs by using fractal mathematics formulas.
I think I should not worry anymore.
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