Bandar Seri Begawan - Members of the public are welcome to view some rare collections of exquisite batik designs dated as far back as the 1960s and painted by renowned local and regional artists. The batik designs are currently on display at the Waterfront Art Gallery in the capital.
The month-long batik exhibition features artwork from Ramsay Ong, an award-winning batik artist from Kuching, Sarawak. Ramsay's mastery in this medium is demonstrated in his uniquely three-dimensional images, which are rich in textures and colours. Other artists include Singaporean Sarkasi Said, as well as local batik artist and proprietor of Batek Desamas, Zainal Abidin Hj Ibrahim.
According to the Brunei Museums Department, a total of 45 pieces are currently showcased which comprise 16 exclusive artworks from the Museums Department 18 artworks from a secondary school-level batik workshop conducted in 2004 and 11 artworks from a batik workshop (Radio Televisyen Brunei employees).
The Museums Department also ensures the restoration and conservation of the old batik paintings for maximum longevity of the colour and flexibility. Among the basic component in this method includes cleaning; avoiding direct light; and humidity control.
Among the objectives of such exhibition is to inspire local youths to pursue batik paintings as batik is one of the longest forms of notable meanings rooted to the Malay Archipelago. The gallery is open daily for public viewing from 9am to 5pm until January 14.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin