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Workshop on Indonesian Dolls by Saepudin and Wati Astuti

26 October, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 27 October, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Southeast Asia is a region rich in arts and craft. SEA Junction workshop series aims to provide a venue for both children and adults to learn by doing about some of these artistic traditions. On October 26 and 27 at 1 pm we welcome two Indonesian craft tutors, Saepudin and Wati Astuti, from Circa Handmade Indonesia, an organization working to enhance economic empowerment of disadvantaged women in West Java through the production and sale of traditional art and craft program. The tutors will be conducting a 3-hour-session each afternoon on making Indonesian-styled fabric dolls.

During the workshop, participants will be guided on how to create the dolls in very simple ways. The dolls’ body parts will be prepared in advance by Circa team, and the participants are free to decorate and design the look as pleasure before stitching all parts together, completing one pair of Indonesian-couple fabric dolls, one male and one female character in Indonesian-textile costume. Along the making process, both craft tutors will be happy to discuss with the participants about the traditional culture of Indonesian textiles and other local cultures as preserved by their organization.

The workshop is open to a maximum of 15 people both adults and children above 7 years. The cost for the workshop is THB 750 including materials (all doll body parts and dresses for making a doll of 27 cm). Please note that if participants want to do more than one doll, an additional cost of 500 TBH for the material and the tutors will be reckoned. Reservation and payment need to be made in advance of the workshop via bank transfer unless otherwise agreed:

Account name:  Foundation For Southeast Asia Studies
Bank Account No: 043-7-18114-2
Branch: MBK Center
Bank Address: 1c-08012 MBK G Floor, Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330


Tutors’ Short Bios

Wati Astuti

Wati is one of the original three crafters, who founded Circa Handmade. Currently, she act as the coordinator of all the crafters at Circa Handmade while being an independent supplier to Circa alongside with her husband.


Saepudin is the only male crafter in Circa Handmade assuming the role as leader of the designing and manufacturing process of dolls’ clothing. With his dream of becoming a designer, he has learned how to sew since he was only in the fifth grade.

Source: Indonesian-style fabric dolls, courtesy of Circa

For Information/reservation for our events please

Email  southeastasiajunction@gmail.com or phone/wa +66970024140

NB: The event is free, but donations are most welcome!



SEA-Junction, Our Venue on Southeast Asia

SEA Junction, established under the Thai non-profit organization Foundation for Southeast Asia Studies (ForSEA), aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions- from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium), SEA Junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org, join the Facebook group:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/1693058870976440/ and follow us on twitter and Instagram @seajunction


Circa Handmade

Circa Handmade is an organization sharing its business missions to empower marginalized women in West Java, Indonesia and boost their self-esteem, self-motivation and business skills by developing traditional art and craft program to meet today’s market needs. Circa was founded in 2006 in Bandung by a woman activist and three artisans who valued the potential of women in their neighboring communities. Currently, Circa is engaging a total of 27 artisans, who mostly work from home to assist in different functions during the making process of the two main products, namely dolls and hand-stitched (jelujur) bag and pouch collection.


26 October, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
27 October, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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