For over 30 years, twenty-seven of the largest body of Iwan Tirta’s batik wall art pieces from the 1970’s and 1980’s have hung in the US Embassy in Jakarta and served as a testament to the friendship between Iwan Tirta and the American community in Indonesia. Thanks to a partnership of Jakarta’s Museum Tekstil and the US Embassy in Jakarta, this little-known collection was extensively cleaned and conserved in the spring of 2015. Over a two-month period, under an Overseas Buildings Operations’ Cultural Heritage Office contract, Julia Brennan, the leading US Textile Conservator, worked in Jakarta with a team from the Museum Tekstil Jakarta together with Indonesian heritage professionals to combine batik conservation techniques with professional enrichment on the Iwan Tirta collection, greatly enhanced by its focus on Indonesia’s most famous contemporary batik artist.
Stitching the newly conserved batiks on black cloth borders, mounting, stretching and framing with U.V. protection for installation in the new U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.