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Eco-printing makes an impression on Yogyakartan women

Sri Wahyuni

The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta  /  Tue, November 5, 2019  /  02:02 pm
Eco-printing makes an impression on Yogyakartan women

Eco-printing instructor and artisan Erna Herawati shows one of the fabrics made during her class in Bantul, Yogyakarta. (JP/Sri Wahyuni)

A group of women waited anxiously in front of a number of steamers. Some opened the lids and peered inside; others simply asked for updates. “How many more minutes, ma’am?” a woman asked Erna Herawati, the instructor of an eco-printing class, as she watched a roll of fabric steam in the contraption. “Okay,” said Erna, “You can take them out now and open them. Let’s see what you got.” She added some instructions about what do to with the fabrics. One by one, the women unrolled the bolts and hung them on clothes lines to dry. Each had two pieces of fabric, cotton and silk. The previously white cotton and silk fabrics were now full of colors and patterns from the fresh leaves and flowers used in the eco-printing class. “Wow, look at mine. It’s beautiful. I love it,” one of the women cried out. “Oh...