I am now home in Sussex, feeling the chill and trying to keep all my wonderful experiences fresh in my mind. A good time to unpack my batik purchases and enjoy them all over again.
The batiks that I bought were mainly directly from the artists or makers, ranging from Mufidah’s natural indigo dyed pieces, Tatang’s fiery abstracts, Joko’s beautiful sarong, Mr Trisno’s dancers, to Agus’ and Nia’s delicate silk batiks. I also bought a few batiks from the market in Solo and a batik factory in Yogyakarta to balance my collection.
All the batiks are very individual in style, from traditional batik Tulis to contemporary brush and stamp work. I think my selection gives a good indication of the breadth of batik being made in Java today and will provide the foundations of my new batik collection.