INDONESIAN, HAND-DRAWN MADURA SILK BATIK SCARF – We obtain this beautiful Madura hand-drawn cotton batik from the makers in Pamekasan, the isle of Madura. Madura is located just off Surabaya, East Java. Looking at Madura Batik closely, Madura is actually one of the most amazing, intricately made Batik tulis in Indonesia. The designs are so fine, a real work of art. The details are truly breath-taking, and so hard to imagine how the artisans achieved such fine details, drawn by hand.
In general, when people talk about Indonesian Batik, they often think that all Indonesian Batik comes from Yogyakarta or Solo, or Central Java. However, many other parts of Indonesia produce equally amazing batik, and Madura produces one of the finest.
Indonesian Batik is produced using many different processes such as Batik Tulis (hand-drawn Batik), Batik cap (Stamped Batik) and mass-produced factory print ones. Wastra Indonesia offers only traditionally made hand-drawn Batik (batik tulis), and hand-stamped batik (Batik Cap). Both processes are done by hands. In most cases, the batik cap (hand-stamped batik) are usually completed and refined with hand-waxing
The based textile almost always comes in plain white cotton or silk, which then drawn on (in Indonesian term called “canting”, read – chanting). The material to resist the dyes called malem, a special Batik wax produced in Indonesia. Some malem are dark in colour and some are light, but they all act as only to resist the dyes. Resist-dyeing is the main dyeing process used for traditional Batik making (hand-drawn or stamp Batik making) in Indonesia. These methods are used to prevent the dyes from reaching all the cloth, thereby preserving the required patterns.
Batik Tulis (hand-drawn batik) is a truly laborious work, particularly when the artists use multi colours on the cloth, as each time they apply a new colour, a resist dyeing processed is required to achieve the required patterns and colours. Once the cloth has been dyed as required, the wax (the malem) can then be removed using hot boiling water. The cloth will be washed gently after using special batik soap, then leave to dry before storing away. Some Batik is coloured using natural dyes and some are dyed using synthetic dyes. The natural dyes normally sourced locally and the process of achieving the required colours take much longer than that of synthetic dyes.
A piece of cloth such as this is hand-drawn by Batik artists in the village where it came from, and it is recognised as traditional art, which passed from generation to generation.
**OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDONESIAN ARTISANS COMMUNITIES**
Over the past 10 years, I have devoted part of my spare time, campaigning to preserve Indonesian traditional textiles culture and tradition. I believe that encouraging the continuous production of traditional handmade textiles will help empower women and strengthen the global economy. Appreciating slow textiles more will help reduce the production of unnecessary fast textiles and fast fashion, hence saving the planet from further climate destruction.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of this cloth will go to support grassroots projects by Connect Indonesia, a small community-based charity that implements grassroots projects working directly to benefit the artisans and their family. Connect Indonesia distribute reading glasses to senior artisans around the archipelago to help them produce better quality textiles. For full details about Connect Indonesia, please visit https://www.connectindonesia.org