A day of batik exploration, what an adventure !

Batik in Mrs Yati's home, with Tatang, mrs Aminah and Mrs Yati.
Batik in Mrs Yati’s home, with Tatang, mrs Aminah and Mrs Yati.
Mrs Siti in Giriloyo village, part of a batik cooperative run by women.
Mrs Siti in Giriloyo village, part of a batik cooperative run by women.
Mufida dyeing a batik with natural dye made from Mahogany bark.
Mufida dyeing a batik with natural dye made from Mahogany bark.

My second day in Tembi, Yogyakarta ,was such a treat. Tatang and his driver Mr Wiji took me to see 5 different Master batik makers in 3 batik villages, where batik is the main employment and happens in every household. I was welcomed into each home as a guest and fellow batik artist, each time my lovely new friend Tatang interpreted in detail and allowed me to have a proper conversation with these very skilled and fascinating people. It was thrilling to be in the heart of batik country to experience the generosity of such humble,talented people, who all insisted on feeding me with home baked soya crisps, tiny just picked bananas, snake fruit and black hot sweet tea or coffee. I accepted their hospitality graciously even though I don’t drink coffee and certainly not black, or tea sweet ! I was able to take many close up photographs of batik work in progress and tried making a short film clip too. The day was exceptionally productive for me, all thanks to meeting Tatang, such a kind man who refused absolutely to take any money ! I have only experienced sincere kindness from the Javanese people.

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3 thoughts on “A day of batik exploration, what an adventure !

  1. My Goodness Marina! Only your second day and you have experienced so much! Made all the better I am sure by being around kind, generous, sincere people and of course fellow batik artists. Thanks you for your lovely write ups they are so descriptive. Its great knowing you are having such a wonderful experience, big hug Sasha xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  2. How brilliant to have a little film of the batik procedure. I look forward to seeing that and to hearing all about your wonderful adventure! When do you see the others?

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