4 NOV 2017, 4:30PM
Kotagede is the site of the original capital of the Islamic Mataram Sultanate, the last major Javanese kingdom before Dutch colonisation. As the Mataram empire rose in prestige in the early 17th Century, Hindu craftsmen were engaged to embellish city walls while artisans, particularly silversmiths, gravitated to the city to serve the needs of the a uent royal courts. The demise of the empire in later centuries saw the economic decline of the city. However, it remains one of the few walled old cities of Java with a large concentration of traditional buildings and artisan clusters which are under threat of disappearing.
Join us as Architects’ community group Arkomjogja, the silversmiths of Kotagede, Yogyakarta and Air Asia Foundation Director Yap Mun Ching discuss community-led approaches being taken to meet the conservation and sustainability needs of Kotagede and her artisans.
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