Batik Peranakan or Batik Nonya?

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Batik Peranakan

Batik Peranakan or Batik Nonya?

The Batik produced by the Peranakan Chinese in Java that were also widely used by the Nyonya in the British Straits Settlement is known as Batik Cina (Chinese Peranakan) or Batik Peranakan. The term, Peranakan Chinese, refers to the acculturated descendants of the early Chinese migrants to the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian archipelago. Thienny Lee will firstly trace how the Peranakan Chinese batik producers in Java incorporated the indigenous batik applications into a part of the Peranakan Chinese aesthetic which resulted in a whole new range of Batik Peranakan for a largely Peranakan Chinese market. She will then examine the influences and the transformations of ‘European style,’ Batik Nyonya, upon Nyonya dress and the dominance of one style over the other.

Dr Thienny Lee

Dr Thienny Lee gained her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2016. Her PhD research focused on the dress and visual identity of the Straits Chinese women in the former British Straits Settlement. In SOAS London she has been giving lectures on the history of batik and the history of contemporary art in Southeast Asia in the post- graduate diploma course. She is a founding director of Thienny Lee Gallery in Sydney where her curatorial approach seeks to reconcile the cultural variations and hierarchies that create division between Western and Asian art.

Members are invited to bring along textiles relevant to the presentation.

Bookings: Email Chris Manning at, or phone Chris on 0412686025. Please make all bookings & payment in advance. No refunds.

1. By Direct Debit (“your name TSG Batik” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card on this website – see booking button above.


Getting There:

Driving directions

Drive north on Kent Street, turn right into Argyle Street, turn right again into Watson Road and follow it around past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

Free Parking is available on site.

Public Transport directions

Bus: Route 311 terminates at Argyle Street. Walk up Watson Road, Observatory Hill and follow the signs.

Train/Ferry: to Wynyard or Circular Quay and proceed as below.

Walking Directions

From Circular Quay
Walk to George Street in The Rocks. Turn left into Argyle Street and walk under the famous Argyle Cut to climb the stairs opposite the Garrison Church. Turn left at the top of the stairs and follow Watson Road past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

From Wynyard and the city
At No. 1 York Street walk through the expressway underpass. Follow the tunnel, keeping to the right, until you come up on Kent Street. Walk along Kent Street to the Agar Steps, or follow the approach to the Bridge, which will take you past the National Trust Centre on your left.

From Kent Street
Follow the historic Agar Steps (opposite the Observatory Hotel) up to the National Trust Centre.



14 May, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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