Iwan Tirta


Iwan Tirta dedicated his life to introducing batik to the world. He was a world-famous maestro well known for his legendary batik collections, exquisite fabric designs, and extravagant fashion shows.

Long before his name was synonymous with luxury batik, Iwan Tirta led a privileged life in London and New York. Born in Blora, a small town in Central Java, in 1935, Iwan Tirta graduated from Yale Law School—a distinctive achievement for an Indonesian at the time. He discovered his passion for batik as he immersed himself in a research on the culture of Central Java. He spent countless hours studying and documenting batik in many Indonesian villages and eventually published his first book on this textile heritage in 1962.