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Batik maestro Iwan Tirta passes away

Sabtu, 31 Juli 2010 20:04 WIB | 832 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Iwan Tirta, Indonesian batik maestro, passed away at the Abdi Maluyo hospital, Menteng, here, Saturday at 8.40 am local time.

Tirta`s remains are currently at his Menteng residence, according to Sutisna, Tirta`s secretary.

He will be buried at Karet Bivak public cemetery, central Jakarta, in the afternoon.
In recent years Iwan Tirta, a Yale-educated lawyer, had suffered from diabetes and a series of strokes.

Born in Blora on April 10,1935, Iwan Tirta remained consistent in popularizing batik, one of Indonesia`s cultural icons, in the world.

Iwan Tirta was no stranger among homeland batik lovers. Until now, Iwan`s batik works were worn by 18 presidents from around the world.

He had designed batik shirts for state leaders, including Bill Clinton, who was attending the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit in Indonesia in 1994.

Nelson Mandela of South Africa was also a customer of Iwan Tirta`s batik shirts.

Late last month, PT Pusaka Iwan Tirta, a collaboration between the senior batik fashion designer and Lydia Kusuma Hendra, the chairwoman of the local ceramics company PT Tri Marga Jaya Hutama, relaunched its first line of batik ceramic dinnerware. (*)