As a signature fabric of Indonesia, batik can be found in big as well as small cities across the archipelago. Tourists visiting each region can expect to find batik with many different motifs. Besides offering discounted products, batik kampungs also allow visitors to see how the fabric is created and even participate in making it as they serve as both tourist destinations and batik education sites.
Kampung Batik Kauman & Laweyan, Surakarta, Central Java
There are two Batik villages in Solo; Kauman and Laweyan. Both are worth a visit to grab original Batik Tulis – or handpainted Batik – with classic Javanese patterns. Authentic Batik Tulis from Solo is dominated by the colours of black and chocolate. Patterns are usually geometrical. Learn more about Batik and observe the precious collections in House of Danar Hadi.
In earlier time, Kauman Batik Village became Abdi Dalem’s settlement who maintaining the tradition by making Batik. Different from Laweyan, Kauman’s Batik has classic motif with silk materials that represents Kasunanan Palace’s Batik.
Laweyan is said to be an ancient settlement that dates back to the Pajang kingdom of the 1500s. Dozens of houses here serve as batik stores, workshops where they make the fabric and create new patterns and home for the artisans. Batik Solo is identical with soil colors and available at various prices. The cheapest one is printed batik, while the most expensive is hand-drawn batik with natural dyes.
Kampung Batik Giriloyo, Yogyakarta
While many of these artists have lived and worked in Yogya (or still do), the place is less about watching the market and more about quiet creativity. The city is home to both Indonesia’s oldest and most prestigious fine arts academy and the erstwhile Kingdom of Java’s richest sultans. Navigate the tumble of monumental Javanese salvage in the overgrown courtyard and you’ll reach the batik workshops, which still hum with industry, colorful bright yards of silk and cotton hanging in various stages of painting and color-washing.
This center of Giriloyo hand-drawn batik is a popular destination for tourists wanting to learn how to make batik. A hamlet in Wukirsari village, Imogiri district, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, Giriloyo sells batik education tourism packages. Included in the packages are trips to traditional houses and tombs of Mataram kings on the peak of Imogiri Hill. Participants can also expect to enjoy the hamlet’s traditional cuisine, namely pecel kembang turi (rice with nut-based sauce accompanied by vegetables) and wedang uwuh (traditional Javanese drink).
Kampung Batik Trusmi, Cirebon, West Java
Though many recognize Trusmi as a store’s name or one of Cirebon’s batik brands, Trusmi is actually a village that houses Cirebon’s batik artisans. Situated in Plered district, Cirebon city, visitors can enter this area located behind the huge Batik Trusmi store on the side of Jl. Raya Plered. There you will find dozens of batik centers that make batik fabric, selling it at discounted prices. At Trusmi Village, there are over 1,000 batik artisans who work daily to produce these fine masterpieces. The history of Batik at Trusmi Village is believed to have been initiated by an Islamic religious leader by the name of Ki GedeTrusmi who was a loyal follower of Sunan Gunung Jati (one of the Wali Songo or the 9 Guardians of Islam who first spread Islam on Java Island)The kampung also offers signature Cirebon cuisine, such as tahu gejrot (fried tofu in sweet spicy sauce) and empal gentong (aromatic beef soup).
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