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Jakarta Post

South Tangerang’s signature batik

Wed, October 4, 2017   /   07:34 am
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    Drawing technique: A batik artisan dips her canting to the hot wax in Sekar Purnama Gallery in South Tangerang, Banten. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

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    Consistency: A batik artisan carefully uses a copper stamp to print a batik motif. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

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    Manual work: Two batik artisans apply wax to the hand-drawn motifs. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

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    Unique patterns: The Javan rhino is one of the signature motifs of South Tangerang batik. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

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    Sunny color: Rahman, a lecturer at Pamulang University, proudly wears South Tangerang batik to work. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

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    See and touch: Customers take a closer look at some batik cloths at Sekar Purnama Gallery. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

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    Humble beginnings: A batik artisan tidies up the ready-to- sell batik cloths that on display at the gallery. JP/Ibrahim Irsyad

Batik is a source of national pride, recognized and loved globally.

While many people are familiar with the vibrant colors and flowery designs of batik from Pekalongan or the traditional patterns from Surakarta in Central Java, not many people know that
South Tangerang in Banten also has its own batik.

South Tangerang batik highlights the province’s culture, flora and fauna in its motifs.

The batik draws inspiration from the endangered Javan rhinoceros, orchids and the golok traditional machete.

South Tangerang batik was initiated by batik artist Nelty Fariza.

The owner of Sekar Purnama Gallery often holds batik workshops and participates in exhibitions around the world, including in Japan and China.

She hopes more and more people will recognize batik from the city and help preserve the tradition.