Why do you have to love BATIK??

As Indonesian people, i do always love Batik . Perhaps some believe know , batik is a certain pattern according to the place where it originated corak is from . Well , batik is a process . Once again, batik is the process , from the start making up  to ‘ nglorod ‘ which removes a layer of wax on the fabric with something sharp . The process is called with ‘Mbatik’. In fact, on October 2 , 2009, the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO establish batik as a Cultural Heritage for Humanity Oral and which ic called with “Nonbendawi” ( Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity ) .

Batik is part of the cultural wealth that is inherited from generation to generation . Which was originally done manually using individual hand, growing up is done using a mold together until it does not know who the creator . There are several ways of making Batik , which is the technique of batik stamp as well . The printing motif, i do not think so-thats called with batik , because the process is very easy and the concept is using digital printing . So , for the motifs and images can be set first with digital technology. That’s my opinion anyway , but for some people , batik printing method is also known as batik. The price is also very cheap , much different from the stamp batik and Batik Tulis.
Batik cap is made with a layer of the wood that has been carved shell motif in it . The motive is measured in such a way so as to form the desired pattern , which also still has philosophical value . For Batik Tulis, create from pattern to eliminate the malam, using manpower . Not surprisingly , the price is very expensive and exclusive . Here it goes the picture for makin the ‘batik cap’.



The wood shaped with beautiful pattern.


The process.

Indeed. Batik is a property that can tell you a lot . Has a lot of philosophical values ​​and every scratch has a very deep meaning . Several motifs such as motif Sidoluhur. This batik motif is usually used to hold the baby or when a pregnant woman doing seven monthly tradition called mitoni . The hope , the child she is carrying will be virtuous.

So also after the child was born , will be picked up by Sidomukti motif batik cloth , so that later the baby to be successful . Another case with Parang motif . Broken machete for example , in ancient times , only the soldiers who won the war or noble class are allowed to use this motif . And here it is, this one is Sidoluhur.


Parang comes from the word ‘Pereng’ or slopes , which means spirit that stretches . Batik patterns are identical with identical letter S represents the ocean , the philosophy is that human beings have never give up, always have hope as ocean.



Or otherwise , is Batik Kawung , which has the meaning that symbolizes the hope that humans will always remember their origins . Time immemorial , batik is worn in the kingdom . Royal officials were wearing personal motives reflect kawung as a leader who is able to control the passions and conscience in order to maintain a balance in the conduct of human life .


When someone is in love , usually denoted by batik Truntum . Not surprisingly, at weddings always use this motif for the bride . So that later , the bride and groom getting married life of tranquility and serenity . This motif can also mean the revelation or blessing that comes from God Almighty , but there are mean to each other leads ( lead ) .


Actually there are so many stories about batik motifs . But I will only briefly describe the process of batik -making began making patterns to remove the layer of wax or commonly referred to Nglorod . The equipments that you have to prepare before Mbatik is malam, chanting, and also the wok.  And this is the process how to make the Batik Tulis. Check this out.


I did not translate the name of the process , all of these name of the processes using  Java language .
1 . Mbathik / Nglowong
Is to make a pattern or motif by using a pencil on white mori. In 2013 , the price of one meter mori is 13,000 rupiahs .


2 . Nembok
was shut down parts of the pattern that will be left to white using  the malam.


3 . Medel
is dyeing fabric into the dye had been given the night to give the base color . In ancient times , the basic color is dark blue color using dye Indigo ( in Javanese language is tom ) . Indigo color is derived from the leaves called indigofera tinctoria . Gadjah Mada University have developed a natural dye is in powder form . Other natural dyes can use wooden high, redwood , and is usually used as coastal batik dye ( Batik pesisir: Kudus, Demak, Rembang, Jepara , etc. )



The indigofera tinctoria leaves, is using for natural dye

4 . Ngerok / nggirah
Is  to omit the wax of the parts that will be given the soga color and usually use a blunt knife .

5 . Mbironi
Is closed sections will remain with blue . This process is done on both sides of the fabric .


6 . Nyoga
Are the dyeing fabric into the soga, and the last is
7 . Nglorod
is removing wax batik using boiling water. So, you have to spoil that fabric in a hot water. After that, drying it in the sun.

Voila, here is the example:


Motif Batik

And this is me, wore the motif of Kawung that combine with wahyu tumurun, i wore it at Jogja fashion week, Jogja Expo Center on last July 2013.


and the second one is Parang Rusak, i wore it in Indonesia-Malaysia Youth Exchange Program 2013. The right one is a representative of Bali province.


Well , there`s always no ending if we discussed the beauty of batik . Batik is a masterpiece , a kind of cultural heritage and the heritage that has become a pride of the Indonesian people . Love it . 🙂