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Jakarta Post

Shades of blue

  • Dian Kuswandini


JAKARTA   /   Sat, August 29 2009   /  01:12 pm

Fresh flavors: The modified bulu hayam (chicken feathers) pattern in Garut batik has been made smaller than the original style to suit customers’ tastes. (JP/Dian Kuswandini)One drop of indigo stains the whole pot of milk, an old proverb says. In the case of batik, one drop of indigo creates a beautiful piece of wearable art.Ever heard of indigo batik? It’s among the latest trends in batik. With its attractive shades of blue, indigo batik deserves appreciation for its beauty — and for its environmentally friendly manufacturing process.  Now part of the organic or “eco-batik” movement, indigo batik uses the plant Indigofera tinctoria — common name true indigo — as a natural dye. The result: No more hazardous synthetic dyes that pollute our soil and water; what’s more, and even better, this natural dye acts as a natural insect repellant and any waste can be used as nat...