Multiculturalism Practices Associated with the Production of Batik in Lasem - Indonesia

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1323003

  • Amirudin Amirudin Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Diponegoro University
  • Mulyo Hadi Purnomo Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanity Diponegoro University
Keywords: Multiculturalism, Cultural Production, Artistic Area, Batik Tulis


This article is written from the research on the dynamics relations between Chinese and Native in producing the culture in the field of batik art in Lasem – Rembang, INDONESIA. The concept of the field in this case refers to Bourdieu (1993, 2005), which defines the field as a "system of relationships" in which the actors interact dynamically to produce nonmaterial-shaped cultural products (systems of ideas, value, symbolic system), or material in this case batik art. This research aims to unveil how multicultural takes place in the process of batik art. Through the ethnographic method of batik production process at “Rumah Batik Sekar Kencana Lasem” in Karangturi Village, the researcher traces the dynamics of the native – non-native relation that took place in this field and followed it to understand how batik as the cultural product was born in Lasem.

This research finds that batik can be seen as a relatively autonomous cultural production field that has its own logic and the practice forms a delicate social fabric that leads to the achievement of certain goals. The achievement of goals involving Javanese batik makers, Chinese owners, and Javanese religious leaders, indicates how multicultural practice has taken place in Lasem that is not only at the level of ideas but at the same level of material culture.


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