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June 1, 2014 at 1:30 am

Creative Displays of Traditional Textiles

On May 30, 2014, Vancouver’s textile arts communities were entertained by a showcase of traditionally made textiles from Indonesia, the island communities with strong traditions.  We are also fortunate to be actively participating in the arts and cultural scenes of Vancouver where diversity is an everyday language.

Forty-four (44) pieces of textiles and clothing represent regions in Indonesia.  They reflect the cultural heritage of Indonesia: Batak, Minang, Jawa, Sumba and Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan.   These textiles belong to local communities in Metro Vancouver in which some of the pieces have been passed on from generation to generation.  The exhibition also highlights the creative works of the late Iwan Tirta and Go Tik Swan, who have significantly contributed to the development of Batik Indonesia.


Curated by  Judith Knight-Achjadi, Indonesia’s expert on traditional textiles, the exhibition investigates how and in what way  textiles play significant roles in the society:


The lokcan is a long stole made of Chinese silk and decorated with batik-work and Chinese inspired motifs.  The most interesting aspect of this example is the presence of cotton plant amongst stylised phoenixes.


Lokcan (Courtesy of: L. Dagg)






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Images from the Exhibition


A Catalog which is made specially made to capture the wealth of knowledge of Judith Knight-Achjadi, the curator for this one of a kind exhibition.  If you are interested, email lizawajong.omnita@gmail.com; Cost replacement for 1 copy is $45.00 A Catalog which is made specially to capture the wealth of knowledge of Judith Knight-Achjadi, the curator for this one of a kind exhibition. If you are interested, email lizawajong.omnita@gmail.com; Cost replacement for 1 copy is $45.00

Capturing the Pattern

Capturing the Pattern

A Display of Weaving Textiles from North & South Sumatra and East Nusa Tenggara

A Display of Weaving Textiles from North & South Sumatra and East Nusa Tenggara

A Display of Ulos (North Sumatra)

A Display of Ulos (North Sumatra)


Indonesian Traditional Textiles: A Diversity of Expressions

April 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

Traditional textiles are often associated as cultural objects since much of the thoughts about the work, materials and techniques have significance in meaning and value. For centuries, the practice of producing traditional cloths in Indonesia has been passed down from generation to generation. Although the method is seen impractical, the symbolic meaning and value embedded in its creation are still relevant to be passed on to today’s generation. For many, it becomes a profound association of the root of their identities.

“Indonesian Traditional Textiles: A Diversity of Expressions” reflects the significance of diversity rooted from the Southeast Asia region. This event is selected as one of the signature events in the 2014 Asian Heritage Month Festival.

The exhibition showcases Canadian collections from local communities. Textiles from island communities in Indonesia such as Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan will be on display with captions from Indonesia’s prominent curator, Judith Knight-Achjadi.

A resourceful textile anthropologist, Judith Knight-Achjadi is well respected among the Southeast Asian traditional textile communities. She is appointed as Honorary Curator of Jakarta Textile Museum, an author/editor of various Indonesia’s textile literatures, and the main contributor for the paper that leads to UNESCO’s recognition of  batik  as Indonesia’s tangible cultural heritage.

To complement this exhibition, a team from Indonesia will present and demonstrate the creation of batik patterns using fractal formula on jBatik Software, which will be followed with traditional textile making process. The success of this project is derived from a lengthy research in which relationship of batik and fractal formula were explored.  As a result, the team invented a new measurement tools for batiking and has successfully presented their findings at the 10th Generative Art International Conference in Italy.  The paper is selected as part of the Conference Proceeding in 2007.  We are confident that the local communities will benefit greatly from their participation.

Event Details:

Exhibition: Indonesia’s Traditional Textiles: A Diversity of Expressions
Talk, and Demonstration: Batik Fractal: From Traditional Art to Modern Complexity

Friday, May 30, 2014

Exhibition: 10:00 am – 8:00pm
Talk and Demonstration: 2:00 – 5:00pm
Gathering: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Central Branch – Vancouver Public Library
Alma Van Dusen + Peter Kaye Rooms
350 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada

Admission: FREE
Textiles Talk : Free; tickets required
Social Gathering: details to be announced

Event contact:  Liza Wajong – lizawajong.omnita@gmail.com; 778-859-3127

RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gathering-for-the-indonesian-textiles-exhibition-tickets-11580823555?aff=eac2


Organizational Sponsors

Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) As the organizer of Asian Heritage Month, VAHMS continue to develop a broad and inclusive definition of “Asian” in Canada and create an environment of synergy, collaboration and integration across the Pan-Asian communities with a special program emphasis on integration into the mainstream of Canadian society, our dual Asian and Canadian identity and hybridity – current issues of importance in our multicultural society.

Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Vancouver, BC. To develop better interactions in social culture area is one of the mission of the Indonesian Consulate.  Their support in this event signifies the delivery of our programming and enhance the appreciation of Indonesia’s culture.

Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch. As part of their commitment to support the local communities, Vancouver Public Library has agreed to co-sponsor this signature event to celebrate the 2014 Asian Heritage Month Festival.

Omnita at Vancouver Gift Expo 2013

September 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

If you are interested to receive our catalog, please e-mail lizawajong.omnita@gmail.com

Batik Workshops a Success at New Westminster Public Library

March 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm
a man and woman shake hands and exchange a gift in front of batik fabric on display

Ms. Debra Nelson (left), Community Outreach Librarian for the New Westminster Public Library, and Mr. Bambang Hiendrasto (right), Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, shake hands in front of a batik display at the New Westminster Public Library.


The month of January was a busy one for us at OMNITA , as we had the exciting opportunity to promote Indonesian textile arts at the New Westminster Public Library!

Members of OMNITA delivered two batik-making workshops: a Saturday afternoon workshop for adults on January 19, and a two-day workshop for children aged 9 to 12 on January 24 and 31. Participants learned about the history of batik, and had the opportunity to create a batik design using melted wax and natural dyes. Traditional and contemporary batik textiles were on display in the library’s Ramp Gallery during the last two weeks of January.

We would like to thank the New West Public Library for hosting and organizing this event and Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program for making the event possible.

Curious about OMNITA’s batik workshops? Check out the action in our photo gallery.

Second Screening of Nagasari

March 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Poster for the movie Nagasari. Features a woman with an ornate mask and headdress looking off to the left.

After a successful first screening at Pacific Cinémathèque in November, OMNITA’s first feature-length film, Nagasari, returned for a second screening at Vancity Theatre on January 26! Keep tuned to the Nagasari webpage or facebook page for upcoming news about this film.

Lupita, an Indonesian-Canadian high school student, has written an insightful review of the first Nagasari screening. Here are her thoughts on the film:

Nagasari, itself, is about a family who loses not only a mother, but the strings that kept them tightly bound. Nala, the eldest daughter, returns home from Calgary to find her dad in deep depression. The story unravels as their situation tests the boundaries of the two sisters who go back to the roots of Indonesian tradition to bring happiness to their father’s life.

The cast and crew of the independent film, Nagasari, had worked for fourteen months prior ro the premiere to create a piece of art that showcases the potential of local talent. Nagasari is a product of collaboration between the Canadian and Indonesian community of Vancouver. Walking into the Pacific Cinémathèque Theatre, guests were treated with a snack, nagasari, that was meant to be enjoyed while watching the movie— helping to introduce the movie’s cultural background.

Nagasari is perceptive, shown especially in its artistic direction. The movie experiments with different aspects of time, as seen in Jake and Nala’s date, as well as in the early memories of the family. It creates the effect of nostalgia and sets the perfect mood for a sense of underlying togetherness and the importance of family values, during a time that challenges hope. With the movie’s language barrier, to someone who had very little knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia, prevented the audience from being able to capture the emotion behind the dialogue. What it lacked in words, it more then made up for in direction of art. One of the highlights of Nagasari is the brilliant cinematography. Director, and cinematographer, Eduardus Pradipto, encompasses Indonesian culture with scenes depicting the beauty of dance and family togetherness. In it’s embodiment of Indonesia’s rich culture, Nagasari proves to be compelling and insightful. 

Introducing OMNITA

November 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

OMNITA is an Indonesian cultural arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada. We offer eco-friendly batik garments that are sustainably produced in small Indonesian workshops. We also offer educational opportunities and events that celebrate the Indonesian arts, and are open to people of all cultures.

NAGASARI – commences its production in Spring 2012

June 1, 2012 at 1:19 am

OMNITA Cultural Arts and Media is very pleased to announce its first short-film production titled NAGASARI – the first independent film by Indonesian-Canadian young film makers based in Vancouver, BC.    NAGASARI film will be premiered in the Fall 2012. Join us to appreciate this exceptional accomplishment of our creative and talented team.