17 Jun 2022 - 2 Oct 2022

Daily

Fridays

10.00 - 7.00 PM

10.00 - 9.00 PM

Getting Here

5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

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Admission

Singaporeans & Permanent Residents |$12

Foreign Residents & Tourists | $25 (includes all-access admission to ACM)

View concession prices and book your admission tickets in advance here.

 

Highlights

In celebration of our shared Southeast Asian heritage, ACM presents Batik Kita: Dressing in Port Cities, featuring over 100 pieces from overseas and local lenders, as well as many from our National Collection.

 

A batik ceremonial waist cloth with a lozenge-shaped tengahan in white in the centre and goldleaf work on the rest of the cloth

Dodot (ceremonial waist cloth)
Java, Solo, around 1900 or earlier
Batik tulis and goldleaf work prada. Cotton (two lengths sewn along the selvedge), natural dyes, gold leaf

This magnificent Dodot (ceremonial waist cloth) measures close to 4m long and 2m wide, and came to the Raffles Museum (predecessor of all Singapore museums) in the 1920s. The lozenge-shaped tengahan in white holds the ruler’s spiritual purity and marks the centrality of his position during ceremonies, while the rest of the cloth features Goldleaf work (also known as prada), attached to the cloth using fish-bone glue. Although both organic materials are diminishing with time, this dodot is presented one more time since its last public appearance more than two decades ago.

 

Silk batik shirt by Iwan Tirta worn by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Bogor 1994, Indonesia.

Silk batik shirt by Iwan Tirta worn by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Bogor 1994, Indonesia.
Together with other attending leaders, ESM Goh, then Prime Minister of Singapore, wore the shirt for the historic APEC ‘family photo’ session
Iwan Tirta
Batik tulis. Silk.
On loan from Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

 
Made by Iwan Tirta, Indonesia’s leading batik couturier, this silk batik shirt with an orchid motif was worn by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at APEC 1994 in Indonesia.

 

Sarong bukitan of daisies with racing green kepala and badan in salmon pink with latticework isen isen filling

Sarong bukitan of daisies with racing green kepala and badan in salmon pink with latticework isen isen filling
Java, Pekalongan, 1930s to 1960s
Batik tulis. Cotton, synthetic dyes.
Gift of Anne Soh Gwek Shin

 

 

 

The Batik Workshop (Interpretive Space at Level 2 Foyer)

Pop by our interpretive space at the Level 2 Foyer to learn how batiks are patterned and dyed – from the tools and materials to the meanings behind the motifs. Then try your hand at creating your own digital batik cap (stamped batik) at The Workbench.

 

Gallery space with a table on the left featuring a few batik pattern stamps

 

 

 

Activity Trail

 

Digital illustration of Batik Kita Activity Trail guide featuring a man and two women wearing batik clothing  

Explore batik patterns and fashion in this family friendly activity trail. Pick up a copy for free at the Front Desk on Level 1. Trail is suitable for ages 7 and up, and available in English or Malay.

 

Download our activity trail here: 
Activity Trail (English)
Activity Trail (Malay) 

 

 

 

Programmes

Keep a look out on this page for exciting special exhibition related programmes. Connect with us on www.acmevents.peatix.com or check our website www.nhb.gov.sg/acm for the latest programme updates and registration links.  

 

 

Curator Tours 

13 July, 10 August, 14 September 2022 
7.30pm 
$30 per pax 

Exclusive tour with exhibition curator Lee Chor Lin. 

Register here.

 

 

Embracing Batik Weekend Festival

22 to 24 July 2022
1–5pm

Enjoy performances and activities inspired by batik, from keronchong performances and craft and design sessions to batik wearing workshops.

 

 

Crossing Cultures at ACM: Textiles and Fashion of Asia

2 to 4 September 2022
1–5pm

Featuring batik, discover textiles and fashions across Asia in specialised workshops, talks, and performances.