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Batik Kita: Dressing in Port Cities explores the rich history and culture of batik and batik making, from its traditional roots to contemporary designs. Visitors are invited to step into the exquisite world of batik textiles that cut across cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and explore the dynamic possibilities of batik as fashion through the years. The exhibition also introduces innovations by batikers in the age-old craft, and showcases how batik charted the evolution of new identities from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Over 100 pieces from overseas and local lenders, as well as our National Collection.
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.
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. You can also try on virtual batik clothing at our Batik Fashion Virtual Try-On interactive.
Explore batik patterns and fashion in this family friendly activity trail. Pick up a copy for free at the Front Desk on Level 1 or download in the "Downloads" section below. Trail is suitable for ages 7 and up, and available in English or Malay.
Enjoyed Batik Kita and would like to keep a digital souvenir on your phone? Download our free Whatsapp or Telegram sticker pack inspired by batiks displayed at our exhibition and use them for your messages!
Download for Telegram | Download for Whatsapp
(To access the Whatsapp stickers, you will be required to download the “Sticker Maker for Whatsapp” application)
Exhibition activity trail guides, wallpapers, and more
Explore batik patterns and fashion in this family friendly activity trail. Trail is suitable for ages 7 and up. This trail is in English language.
Explore batik patterns and fashion in this family friendly activity trail. Trail is suitable for ages 7 and up. This trail is in Malay language (Bahasa Melayu).
Download wallpapers inspired by the batik pieces in our Batik Kita: Dressing in Port Cities exhibition.
Connect with us on www.acmevents.peatix.com or check our website for the latest programme updates and registration links.
3 September 2022, 3-4 pm
This talk aims to delineate two of the Nusantara’s most well-known iconic cultural forms, namely batik and pantun.
10 September 2022, 3-4 pm
Lee Chor Lin explores the origins of the batik shirt and its development from a post-colonial and tradition-subversive sartorial move to its ascendancy on the global stage.
17 September 2022, 3-4 pm
Sabine Bolk presents a short inspiring global history of batik, and European influence on Javanese batik
This month, Let’s Learn About…Batik! Discover how batik is made, then explore the beautiful batiks in the ACM collection.
2 - 4 September 2022
Step into a world of mesmerising prints and patterns, designed and Made in Asia.
31 Jul 2022
This month, discover the tradition and beauty of batik. Catch a drama performance, go on a storytelling tour, and get creative by making your own pouch using a traditional batik textile. Don’t forget to catch the Batik Kita: Dressing in Port Cities special exhibition!
5 Aug 2022 - 2 Oct 2022
A menswear collection produced by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in collaboration with BINhouse.
6 August 2022, 2:00-4:30 pm
In conjunction with the launch of the NAFA-BINhouse Men’s Collection, the Fashioning Batik panel sessions will present in-depth dialogue on designing new silhouettes with batik, the how-tos, challenges, and prospects of seeing more batik fashion.
Into the Night: Children's Season at ACM
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