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Revival of natural dyes

  • Pieces of wood from sappanwood [Caesalpinia sappan] and tropical almond tree [Terminalia catappa] are used to create a red-brown color. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Pieces of wood from sappanwood [Caesalpinia sappan] and tropical almond tree [Terminalia catappa] are used to create a red-brown color. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A batik industry worker in Kampung Laweyan at Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. Many buyers prefer naturally dyed batik because it is more environmentally friendly. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A batik industry worker in Kampung Laweyan at Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. Many buyers prefer naturally dyed batik because it is more environmentally friendly. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A worker hangs a naturally dyed batik cloth in Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

    A worker hangs a naturally dyed batik cloth in Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

  • A worker uses his feet to remove wax from a batik cloth in Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

    A worker uses his feet to remove wax from a batik cloth in Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

  • Two workers burn the wax. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

    Two workers burn the wax. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

  • A batik artisan draws a motif on a cloth using a tool called a "canting". JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

    A batik artisan draws a motif on a cloth using a tool called a "canting". JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi.

  • Two artisans work on batik motifs. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Two artisans work on batik motifs. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A batik craftswoman draws batik motifs using a brush, a painting technique referred to as “colet”. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A batik craftswoman draws batik motifs using a brush, a painting technique referred to as “colet”. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • The detail of a “colet”work, a painting technique in which a brush is used. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The detail of a “colet”work, a painting technique in which a brush is used. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Workers sprinkle color enhancer on batik cloths drawn using the “colet” painting technique. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Workers sprinkle color enhancer on batik cloths drawn using the “colet” painting technique. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A man checks on a batik cloth after it is painted with colors. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A man checks on a batik cloth after it is painted with colors. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Two workers check on the result of a batik of a contemporary motifs painted with natural dye. This kind of batik get exported to America, Brunei Darussalam, and European countries. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Two workers check on the result of a batik of a contemporary motifs painted with natural dye. This kind of batik get exported to America, Brunei Darussalam, and European countries. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A worker folds a batik cloth dyed with natural ingredients. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A worker folds a batik cloth dyed with natural ingredients. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • A closer look at a “colet” or “lukis” technique, which is done using paint or a sponge. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    A closer look at a “colet” or “lukis” technique, which is done using paint or a sponge. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

  • Workers wash batik cloths in a river. Waste from naturally dyed batik is less polluting than batik which uses chemical dyes. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Workers wash batik cloths in a river. Waste from naturally dyed batik is less polluting than batik which uses chemical dyes. JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi