Indigo is making a resurgence in contemporary batik. It had been the primary source of blue color in batik for many years up until the introduction of chemical dyes at the turn of the century.There are a number of contemporary batik-makers who are discovering the beauty of indigo blue. Some are even growing there own indigo plants and producing the dye themselves. Here are some photos from two recent excursions into the world of indigo batik. Meet Hanafi, Iful, and Solikhin who are making great strides in re-introducing indigo to the world of batik again.

After the indigo plants have soaked a few days in a vat with lime, they are removed and the remaining liquid is oxygenated.[nggallery id=7]

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