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BIMASAKTI IS A LONGSTANDING GROUP

by : BU MUKHAYAROH

I am originally from Giriloyo.  The first person to teach me to batik was my mother.  My grandmother also taught me.  That was about when I was in third grade.


After graduating elementary school, I was able to finish an entire piece of batik, although it was still rough and not very refined.  Gradually, little by little, I learned how to make refined batik.


For a very fine piece, I don’t do everything myself. My neighbor helps with the tiny dot decorations (nyeceki) because my eyesight is not good enough for these dots.  I can still do the other processes, such as drawing the main pattern, scraping the wax before the second dye (nglowongi), waxing the portions that will remain white (nembok), etc.  When it’s finished, the Bimasakti group does the dyeing process.
Twenty years ago, Bu Hartinah, Bu Farid and I attended a course on dyeing techniques at the sub-district head's place.  There were 50 people who were divided into four groups – in Imogiri, Giriloyo, Sindet, and Nogosari.  The only group that is still active is the Bimasakti group (in Giriloyo); the others are no longer active.


So Bimasakti got its start from that group course.  After taking the course, we could dye and rinse the cloth ourselves. Before that, we didn’t do the dyeing and rinsing, only the batik (waxing). When we were able to do everything, the Bimasakti group was formed.


I usually draw the sidomukti, semen romo, sri kuncoro, pringgodani, and sokorini patterns.  These were the patterns my mothers often, so I’ve really memorized them.  That’s why these are the patterns I often make. ***

 
       
       
 
 
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