1600s

Indonesia began to face a new era when The Dutch arrived in 1600s and took the archipelago as one of its colonies in the East Indies. Before the western people came, art and design activities were applied more on objects for religious and the ancient kingdoms’ purposes than for commercial ones.

Source: In Search of a Style, p. 66.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

the-art-of-printing

The art of printing was introduced into the archipelago in the 1600s. The two factors that brought about the establishment of the printing press under Dutch rule were:
• To multiply the legal regulations contained in official proclamations on a large scale by printing them, since this saved both time and money.
• The Dutch Reformed Church, to pursue its missionary work among the natives, had urgent need of books and tracts for educational work, while one of its chief aims was a vernacular translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Source: In Search of a Style, p. 30.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

With the modern technology at that time, the large format printing machines, The Dutch introduced a ‘new’ style in the region. The main characteristic of this style was the use of typesetting as its core element. This might relate to their purpose in bringing the printing machines to the region. One of the purposes was to multiply the legal regulations contained in official proclamations on a large scale.

When the plantation industry started to flourish, the use of the printing machine was extended not only to accommodate The Dutch Indies Government’s needs, but also to serve people who had businesses in plantations and other industries in order to publicise their products. Most of the styles produced in this period are basically very informative. They use a lot of texts, written in Dutch and Indonesian. Sometimes they also incorporate it with Victorian-style decorative borders.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Source: In Search of a Style, p. 66.


About this entry