The Archaeology of Craft in “Kroma” 2023

Oleh Anggun Nindita

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BANDUNG, — Hundreds of craft students of Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) from ITB Ganesha and ITB Cirebon Campus crowded into ITB Design Centre, CADL Building for The Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD) “Kroma”  Tuesday (22/8/2023). The event, which featured the theme “Explore Your Palette: Discovering Craft Majors and Mastering Hues”, was held by the Color Lab and ITB Undergraduate Program in Craft — a program focusing on the efforts to utilize a variety of crafts in Indonesia.

This event eloquently marks the start of the Academic Year 2023/2024. The Head of the Undergraduate Program in Craft, Dr. Yan Yan Sunarya, S.Sn., M.Sn., rooted “Craft! Craft! Craft!”, addressing his enthusiasm in opening the event.

The two-day event, held from the 22-23 of August 2023, were reviewed and separated into 5 sessions of seminars as well as a workshop that provided foundational information about topics related to the Undergraduate Program in Craft. The host for each seminar are ITB lecturers, affiliates, and educated attendees from the Craft Industry Alliances.

The Head of the Color Lab & Smartex ITB, Dr. Tyar Ratuannisa, M.Ds., headlined the first session with “Color Theory as the Fundamentals of Craft”. During her presentation, she focused more on understanding color psychology through culture, symbolism,and emotion surrounding Indonesia and its misconceptions. It was mentioned that the topics objecting to this matter subsequently led to the creation of Color Lab, which was officially inaugurated last year.

During the second session, the founder of Seraya Pattern Studio and known alumni of ITB Undergraduate Program in Craft, Dhiya Fajri Sadida assessed her journey in “How to Build Your Character”. Dhiya shared her experience in the fashion industry, joining dozens of competitions in search of her very own self-branding. “We can be whoever we want to be, as long as we start taking the first steps,” she said.

Argya Dhyaksa, another ITB alumni, steered the third session through his lens in “A Ceramic in Chaotically Imperfect Forms”. His utterly unique and chaotic art pieces emphasized moments passing as vastly similar and vividly unique at the same time, subjecting to the growth of individual creatives.

The fourth and fifth session was then introduced by a series of entrepreneurs actively working in the craft industry. With the advent of technology, promoting sustainability in the textile industry is something that we should look out for. The CTO, Utami Giles, and the CCO, Tri Anugerah; alongside the team, addressed a variety of topics within the search and production of an environmentally friendly textile coloring from their very own textile studio: Reka Lagam. Following the remarks, the CLO3D team promoted their 3D garment design software which allows professionals to achieve a seamless digital workflow.

To conclude the event, the second day of “Kroma” was fully dedicated as an introductory approach to ITB Color Lab and its equipment. One of the equipment introduced was the Color Assessment Cabinet that can be used to perform and evaluate different types of color testing. On top of that, a studio and laboratory tour around the building was provided to help students settle in their new study environment.

Reporter: Puti Nabilla Aidira (Informatics Engineering, 2021)

Translator: Kezia Hosana S.

Editor: Anggi Nurdiani (Management, 2023)

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