Batik is a traditionally hand painted cloth, using dyeing technique after a process of applying pattern using fluid wax. White cotton or silk cloths are widely used for batik, usually with a width of some 105 cm and a length of some 250 cm. After several initial treatments like washing, starching, drying and beating that can take several days, batik maker started to copy batik pattern onto the cloth using 9 different kinds of devices called canting. They can be compared to small brass teapots the size of tobacco pipe, with a wooden handle.
Batik can also be made with printing technique, in which the patterns are applied using a ‘stamp’ on both side of the cloth. This method produced ‘instan’ batik with lower quality than the hand-painted ones, which took months to make. No fewer than 40 dyeing processes are required for hand painted batik to achieve the desired color. The natural dyeing materials for batik are made from tree bark, leaves, and roots.
Batik patterns are varying from one region to another. For example, there is special pattern for royal family, which is very different from pattern for peasant, or merchant. Batik Keraton pattern such as Parang, Udan Liris and Sido Mukti is usually ‘forbidden’, means cannot be used by common people but royal family. The coloring technique is also telling the origin of batik, whether from Jogja, Surakarta, or coastal area like Pekalongan and Cirebon.
Komaneka Boutique offers carefully selected hand painted batik. Our concern is to preserve batik as part of Indonesian culture and art. We works hand in hand with the best batik maker to bring the old batik pattern back to life.