Visual Ideology of Girilayu Batik’s Women Crafters In the Mbok Semok Batik Motif

  • Desy Nurcahyanti Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Agus Sachari Institut Teknologi Bandung
Keywords: batik, girilayu, visual ideology, mbok semok, batik’s women crafters

Abstract

A piece of batik cloth describes aesthetic, ideological, and mentality of a society expressions. Mbok Semok batik motif by batik’s woman crafters in Girilayu summarizes culture and identity of tradition heir. Stylization decorative elements consist of main ornaments and isen-isen (filler motifs), color selection, and layout (composition) of motifs in the available space, arranging stories of how to batik’s women crafters socialize in domestic and cultural roles. Value of local wisdom has been absorbed, studied, reduced, and accepted by batik’s women crafters in Girilayu. Process of deposition values ​​occurs repeatedly and affirmatively through batik process, and visualized through Mbok Semok batik motif. Batik’s women crafters in Girilayu have no academic background in the design field, but they are able to present batik motifs with classical compositions. Cognition of the batik’s women crafters creation in Girilayu emerged and was formed by a combination of acculturation and syncretism gradually, periodically, and also accumulatively. This mini research aims to describe: (1) processes and manifestations of batik’s women crafters visual ideology in Girilayu, (2) understanding design of batik’s women crafters in Girilayu culturally, (3) philosophical meaning of Mbok Semok's batik motifs supporting elements. Qualitative descriptive analysis with aesthetic design and semiotics approach from the perspective of visual culture studies was used to identify and explain the details of cultural background constructions of batik’s women crafters in Girilayu, as a visual ideology in the Mbok Semok batik motif. Empirically, it can be concluded that teachings, values, and norms are implemented repeatedly and continually sourced from the past, in a generative way affecting process and path of communal thinking. Tri Dharma as a philosophical moral teaching from Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Mangkunegoro I has been collectively lived out as a guide to the life of the Girilayu community, especially by batik’s women crafters through their visual actions and batik creations.

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Author Biographies

Desy Nurcahyanti, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Faculty of Art and Design (FSRD – S3)

Agus Sachari, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Faculty of Art and Design (FSRD – S3)

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Published
2019-01-17
How to Cite
Nurcahyanti, D., & Sachari, A. (2019). Visual Ideology of Girilayu Batik’s Women Crafters In the Mbok Semok Batik Motif. Proceeding of International Conference on Visual Culture and Urban Life, 99-110. Retrieved from https://proceeding.senirupaikj.ac.id/index.php/xvicture/article/view/9