The Art of Batik Making in Jarum Village, Klaten

Thetraveljunkie.org – When we stayed at The Kamasari, Jatirejo village, Gedangsari in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta. We went to Jarum Village, Bayat in Klaten, one of the central of traditional Javanese Batik. Only 30 minutes from The Kamasari. And we arrived at Batik Sekar Mawar, a batik factory that offers an immersive experience to its travel junkies and a super-friendly man opened the door with a very warm greeting. He’s Mr. Sarina. Listening to an awesome story of him, the history of Jarum Village and Batik, it amazed me to know someone who is so passionate about Batik and willing to share it with us.

The Batik adventure started! Batik is a complex techniques of drawing and dyeing on fabric, and not just a simple printing. The word Batik comes from Javanese words for ‘writing’ and ‘dots’, which are the drawing techniques with canting and melting wax. More like a reversed coloring technique.

The first step is drawing a pattern on the fabric with pencil. Using canting and melting wax, we trace the pattern to prevent it from dyeing process when we dip it to colors. The wax part on fabric will still remain white. That’s how to make one-color Batik. For two-color Batik or more, you need to dry the fabric and cover the all the part with the melting wax, except the part you want to dye.

More colors means you need to repeat the methods, takes a lot of efforts and time to make it. If you miss just a dot of the wax area, you might ruin the whole fabric. That is why handmade Batik worth the price because it’s made by traditional Batik artisans, each pieces are unique, and totally different than just a modern fabric-printing with Batik motives.

But, don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert batik maker to get beautiful results and enjoy the process.

Here are pics of our batik making class.

Stay tuned for more of our adventures in Yogyakarta.

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