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Babaran Segaragunung Culture House (BSG) is a non-profit arts organization based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia whose main purpose is to explore cultural traditions of the world in order to enrich contemporary understanding of our heritage.  BSG facilitates artistic collaborations and exchanges, publications, exhibitions, workshops, and cultural tours, as well as offers training, research, and arts documentation.  Serving artists, artisans, and cultural enthusiasts in Indonesia and abroad, BSG aims to enhance the creativity and sustainability of all Indonesian arts.


Red Lotus is a community of artists, craftspeople and designers and is a design label for a commercial endeavor in craft-art.  It was begun with the belief in an economic system that is collaborative and not competitive.  A system which recognizes not only the need for an endeavor on a personal basis but also an endeavor that has a positive impact on a community basis and sustains and supports the development of mutual pursuits of establishing creative relationships based on craft-art. Red Lotus has an economic base, but it is not intrinsically about economics and holds true  that through  collaborative connections common values and aesthetics are enhanced.  It is based on the belief that there is a universal point that is at the heart of the artistic creative process which crosses all boundaries. These creative experiences act as a teacher within and without.





Bimasakti, a women’s cooperative in Giriloyo village, was founded in 1982. This cooperative represents women working together in the traditional batik industry. With funding from UNESCO in 1982, the Department of Industry taught these women how to process the cloth they waxed to produce products that they could sell. With these skills, they were able to market their own products.

Led by Bu Hartinah, this group, managed by eight women, supports approximately 30 craftswomen.  Besides working on the pieces themselves in their own homes, they gather regularly to process their batik together.  They sell their products through a showroom in Bu Hartinah’s house.


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