Sunday, June 09, 2013

American Batik Design Competition 2013

Deadline: July 12, 2013 (EMAIL)

American Batik Design Competition 2013
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Washington, DC, 20036


American Batik Design Competition is a program initiated by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, the first American Batik Design Competition was a great success. Held throughout year 2011, for Indonesia, this was the first time a batik design competition organized in a foreign country.

The theme of the competition is "The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik". This theme is hoped to reflect the articulation of cultural fusion between United States and Indonesia through batik; to bring American values in the tradition of Indonesian Batik. This competition is aimed at strengthening people to people contacts between the United States and Indonesia, to bring closer the two countries' cultural cooperation. It is one of the Indonesian Government's efforts to internationalize batik to the world.

Judges will consist of Batik and textile experts as well as fashion designers and representatives of fashion industries from Indonesia and the U.S.


Participants need to firstly register online and complete the Entry Form. Online registration can be done although the design is not yet ready to be submitted. However, participation will be counted based on design submission, not based on online registration.


1. The American Batik Design Competition is an open competition intended to draw from among American citizens diverse talents in fabric, graphic art and fashion design, to put on display new and original designs that allow the American spirit and values to shine through, while still recognizing uniqueness in the Batik motif.

2. The phrase “American Batik” is a term attempting to illustrate and describe such creative designs and fashion ideas that remain influenced by typical Indonesian Batik motifs, and are bound to incorporate two criteria: (a) they have to be designed by American designers; and (b) they exhibit the American spirit and values, drawing from its history and folklore.

3. The theme of the competition is “The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik”. The competition encourages the articulation of cultural fusion between United States’ and Indonesian cultures through batik. It’s aimed at bringing American stories and spirit to Indonesia and introducing Indonesia’s cultural heritage to the U.S.

4. All U.S. citizens, 18 years of age (by February 2013) and above, who have an interest or a background in design ‐‐ professional and amateur fashion, graphic, and textile design‐‐ are welcome to participate in this competition.

5. Participants of this competition will be asked to create a digital design only. The designs will be transformed into hand‐made batik cloths (kain panjang) done by Indonesian batik artists in Indonesia.

6. Winners of this competition will maintain their rights to their designs, but the organizers will have the right to use the designs for non‐commercial purposes (e.g. for publication or press releases).

7. The Competition is intended for individual. However, group participation is allowed with note that it will be treated as an individual entry (only one person as the contact and only one person will receive an award, if selected as one of the winners).

8. The batik design must reflect an American context or values (e.g. but not limited to: American history, traditions or symbols).


The Competition will offer a total prize of US$ 56,000 for three winners. Each of the three winners will receive:
  1. Two Week Batik Tour to Indonesia
    • The three winners will travel to cities in Indonesia (Jakarta/ Cirebon/Solo/Yogyakarta/Pekalongan/Bali) to learn more about Indonesian Batik and enjoy exploration of rich cultural heritage of Indonesia. Indonesian Batik Tour will include economy roundtrip ticket from the USA to Indonesia, accommodation and air tickets within Indonesia.
  2. Cash award of US$7,000.
  3. Exhibitions in the US and in Indonesia.

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Rules and Guidelines:
Entry Form:

American Batik Design Competition 2013
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: (202) 775 - 5200