Judith Knight Achjadi

Judith Knight Achjadi is recognised by many textile researchers, collectors and enthusiasts as the leading expert in Indonesian textiles. She is Honorary Curator of Museum Tekstil Jakarta and has curated multiple exhibitions at the museum on the different textile traditions of Indonesia, from batik to tenun (woven textiles) to barkcloth. Her expertise extends beyond exhibitions within Indonesia – she is mentioned in the ongoing exhibition, A Royal Treasure: The Javanese Batik Collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam, at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok, Thailand.


She is the author/ editor of several publications and articles including Butterflies and Phoenixes: Chinese Inspirations in Indonesian Textile Art (2005), Tenun Gedhog: The Hand-Loomed Fabrics of Tuban, East Java (2010) and Floating threads: Indonesian Songket and Similar Weaving Traditions (2015) as well as several Museum Tekstil Jakarta publications covering the breadth of Indonesian textiles. In addition, she was the main contributor for the paper that led to the recognition of batik by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity for Indonesia