The Art of Pulkam

Originally published at https://allfortheloveofwandering.wordpress.com. Pulkam is short for pulang kampung, a phrase which roughly translates to “go home to your hometown.”  My recent travel for research* happened to bring me back to both of the sites where I used to teach and live as an ETA (Fulbright English Teaching Assistant): Malang in East Java, and Gorontalo in…

Preserving Batik in East Java

–By Shreya Kundur– A common misconception about batik is that it is a specific pattern or motif. Rather, it is the process of making the fabric that deems it as “batik”. I learned this one day as I naively pointed to the skirt I was wearing and beamed to my co-teacher that it was my…