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THE ORIGINAL PATTERN IS FROM THE PALACE, BUT WE EMBELLISH IT OURSELVES

by : BU FARID

 
     

 

I began to learn how to make batik to my mother when I was ten years old. She gave me capital when I got married. I have continued my mother's business. Now I am 57 years old, so I have been making batik for 47 years.

If a child wants to study batik from me, I usually have them do nglowongi first. This is the best process to begin with. Nglowongi is thickening the wax design on the opposite side of the cloth on the exact lines of the design. If the wax lines are not thick enough, the result of the dyeing process will not be very good.

We use patterns from the palace, but embellish them ourselves. Usually, we made variations in the background.  We can choose between several kinds of background fillers, such as kembang pacar, sungut, canthel, or ukel. It’s also possible to combine two kinds, such as ukel and canthel.

I also collect batik that is sold by itinerant traders. They are cheap, about Rp 20,000, because they are printed cloth batik.  If it has a very good motif, then I’ll buy it, then I’ll use that pattern and embellish it in my own batik.

One batik piece is made by several people.  I make the pattern and tell people what to do, so I don’t do everything myself. Everyone does their own part at their own homes.

I once made a batik that was ordered by the royal family.  Bu Hartinah received the order, and she divided it with me, so she made one piece and I made one piece.  When they were done, we matched them up. ***
 
       
 
 
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