On October 2, 2009, Indonesian handmade Batik was recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Since then, October 2nd is celebrated as “Hari Batik” (batik day) in Indonesia. Most Indonesians respect this date and usually wear Batik on the day as their mark of respect.
Batik is Indonesian textile art and textile culture that we have always been very proud of even long before the endorsement by UNESCO. The way a batik textile is made is truly unique in Indonesia and for this reason, our batik is renowned within textile enthusiasts globally.
Indonesia’s Batik artisans today produce amazing batik designs both traditional classic and contemporary. The patterns of Indonesian batik continue to develop, both technique and finesse.
Over the past few years, Wastra Indonesia (Indonesian Traditional Textiles) together with the volunteers from Connect Indonesia, have been exploring deeper into the making of traditional Batik in the island of Java and Madura, stretching from Jakarta (Betawi Batik), to West Java Batik, and right through to the heart of Batik cities in and around Yogjakarta and Surakarta (Solo). We are connected directly to dozens of traditional artisans, and now we are working collaboratively with them to share these amazing textiles with you all textiles lovers around the world.
This website is dedicated purely to host handmade Batik textiles, both hand-drawn Batik (Batik Tulis) and hand-stamp batik (Batik Cap).
We hope to share as much information about our Batik, and we hope that you can support to help Indonesian Batik artisans to sustain this amazing textile art.
Thank you for taking the time to read this introduction. Please feel free to speak to us, if you have any questions.