Rudolf Smend is a passionate batik collector and the owner
of Galerie Smend in Cologne. He was first introduced to batik in
1973 at Yogyakarta in Central Java. His gallery exhibits the work
of international textile artists and recently celebrated its 42nd
anniversary. Smend has edited and published numerous books on silk
painting and batik: in the year 2000 Batik from the Courts of
Java and Sumatra: The Rudolf G. Smend Collection and in 2006
Batiku75 selected masterpieces'.
Donald Harper is an American collector of traditional textiles, particularly Indonesian batik. He has lived in Southeast Asia since 1975. Donald Harper has sourced many textiles which are now part of a number of important museum collections, such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Fowler Museum at UCLA, The Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum of Ethnology in Cologne and the Textile Museum in Krefeld.
"The extraordinary textiles in this book are from the collections of Rudolf Smend and Donald Harper...They represent an exquisite cross-section of the batik production of Java - the most important batik-producing region in the world...This book represents a labour of love and a lifetime of friendship for the two authors, who hope it will provide inspiration to a whole new generation of batik lovers." -Carpet Collector magazine