Growing up, I have always wanted to be a batik artisan, just like my mom and my grandmother before me. I have always felt a lot of pride for our family’s tradition.
But when I got older, I had to realize that I would never be able support myself if I were to become an artisan. And upon graduation, even my mother told me to just get a job in a nearby office. Which eventually I did.
It really broke my heart at the time. Because just a few days before she had passed away, my grandmother gifted me one of her most beautiful batik fabrics – and asked me to promise to continue her craft.
Thanks to SukkhaCitta and their scholarship, I am now on my way to become our village’s next master artisan. I can support myself and my family – and I can fulfill the promise I made to my grandmother.