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Jakarta Post

Preserving batik with love

  • Anggit Maharani


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 5 2011   /  09:22 am

With care: A women carefully creates a piece of batik in Yogyakarta. Antara/Wahyu PutroI used to think creating batik was as easy as drawing landscapes – until I tried my hand painting a simple motif when I attended “Adiwastra Nusantara 2011”, a regular cloth expo in Jakarta.

A mentor gave me and other batik enthusiasts a small piece of cloth to work on a prepared pattern. To laypeople, it looks easy when you watch artisans do it, but that day’s lesson convinced me that doing batik was challenging and tedious that only truly talented and dedicated people would take up the work as a profession.

Creating batik needs not only skills but also considerable patience and concentration to fully control the flow of the wax in the canting, a copper vessel resembling the bowl of a pipe filled with melted wax. That is why in past times batik-making was seen as a form of meditat...