SBO Children’s Center, Giriloyo, Bantul

Three young students at SBO Children’s Center proudly showing off their work. SBO Children’s Center is an organization started by an online group on Facebook (Sidang Batik Online) to maintain integrity and share information among batik artists and enthusiasts who exhibit and market their work online. It provides an ongoing forum for problem solving, creative…

Kelompok Batik Tulis, “Berkah Lestari”, Giriloyo, Bantul

(Click in this photo to enter the gallery of photos from this workshop.) Young trainee at the kelopmpok who is only 17 and very skilled with the canting. She is very proud of this batik and has been working on it for many weeks. My friend and extraordinary batik artist Abdul Syukar (first person ton…

Batik Cirebon

Another distinguishing characteristic of Cirebonese batik is the skill with which fine lines of color are produced. The most common fine lines seen in a batik in general are made using a canting (a pen-like tool used to apply wax to the cloth. After dyeing when the wax is removed from the cloth by immersing…

Batik Cirebon: Mega mendung

The batik of Cirebon has long been a favorite of mine. There are several techniques used there that distinguish the work from the batik of other areas in Java. One is the amazing gradation effect produced by multiple applications of ┬álines of wax and the alyternating multiple applications of color to the mega mendung, or…

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