The President's Mother's Collection

Batik Pattern, Indonesia

Sixteen (16) batik pieces collected by the President's mother, Ann Dunham, will be on display at the Textile Museum from August 9 to August 23; read here.

Having roomed with a Dutch-Indonesian woman for several years, a friend for many, I recognize the pattern above as one of her favourite daily sarongs. Among other fascinating lessons, she taught me how to prepare nasi goreng, appreciate shadow puppets and admire batiks.

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