Handwoven cloths have been part of Indonesian heritage for a long time. There are songket from Palembang, ulos from North Sumatra and lurik from Yogyakarta.
Lurik is derived from the Javanese word lorek, which means stripes, and the charm of lurik cloth comes from the colorful stripes of the strands of yarn woven into it.
A lurik maker, a home industry called Kurnia Lurik in Sewon, Bantul in Yogyakarta, still uses traditional weaving machines in a bid to conserve the heritage.
To weave motifs into the cloth, the artisans need to pay serious attention to detail to select the colorful yarns to create tasteful color combinations.
The lurik is made not only by skilled hands but also by passionate souls, so it becomes a charming product.
One of the common motifs is called telupat, which is usually worn by royal servants in the Yogyakarta Sultanate. The motif was designed by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I and has been preserved until today.
The lurik cloth market has expanded, not only for traditional attire, but also for fashion products and handicrafts.
However, the lurik makers are getting older and the industry has yet to find a new cohort of young weavers to keep the lurik heritage alive.[evi]