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'Nyanting' tradition tourist magnet for Yogyakarta batik kampung

Panca Nugraha

The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta  /  Mon, October 24, 2016  /  02:23 pm
'Nyanting' tradition tourist magnet for Yogyakarta batik kampung

Tourists try out their nyanting skills at a workshop in Giriloyo batik kampung in Wukir village, Imogiri district, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

Those vacationing in Yogyakarta eager to explore its cultural art and traditions might consider a visit to Giriloyo batik kampung in Wukirsari village, Imogiri district, Bantul regency.

Home to nyanting (batik hand painting), the place attracts more than 300 eager visitors every day who wish to marvel at the cultural heritage. 

"In addition to batik shopping, visitors can also learn how to nyanting as part of a tourism package," hand-painted batik community Paguyuban Batik Tulis Giriloyo marketing coordinator, Said Romli, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

The community hosts around 800 artisans who hail from Karang Kulon, Giriloyo and Cengkehan hamlets. In 2008, Wukirsari village welcomed a batik tulis showroom and workshop.

(Read also: Fashion flair: Saving the batik tradition)

A batik merchant shows a hand-painted batik cloth at a showroom in Giriloyo batik kampung. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

"Our revenue from batik sales and the nyanting package can reach Rp 300 million [US$23,014] per year," said Romli.

Siti Asmaniyah, 42, a resident of Karang Kulon hamlet, said she could earn between Rp 50,000 and Rp 200,000 from teaching nyanting. She added that nearly all women in her hamlet were equipped with nyanting skills that had been passed down.

Bank Indonesia head for West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Prijono said during a visit to the village that such tradition was quite similar to the weaving tradition found in villages in the province's Lombok and Sumbawa. "But there's still many things we could adopt from Giriloyo to be develop in NTB, such as the nyanting package since tourists will enjoy having a new experience," said Prijono. (kes)

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