Batik becomes a part of people’s cultural heredity of Indonesia. This Indonesian craft has a
very artistic value. From many years, Javanese women used their skills for a living. In Java,
some regions put their identity in batik motif. A motive indicates to the identity of a family
and the status of a person. Some regions in Java have been known as the cities of Batik.
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Yogyakarta is a popular city with beautiful designs of batik. The batik painting can be found
along Malioboro street, Beringharjo market and some galleries in the town. Batik Grompol is
one of the famous designs. This pattern is often used in the wedding or traditional
ceremony. Most batik colors in Yogyakarta are brown, white and indigo.
Pekalongan is known as a Batik city. The batik is not actually the traditional and has high
value of philosophy like the batik from Javanese Kingdom. However, Pekalongan provides
the low price batik and have the good quality of batik. In the first time you visit the city, you
will surely buy batik from there as the souvenir to be brought home. Pekalongan has many
shopping attractions and interesting places to visit especially for you the batik fans.
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This city is located 60 kilometers in the east of Yogyakarta. This old city is also known as
Surakarta and batik has one of the best markets in Java: Klewer Market. Batik in Solo is
known mostly in cream and brown, with a touch of golden yellow. You can easily find Solo
batik from its typical design and motifs. Solo batik typically has a design and motifs. Batik
from Solo is rich with flowers and birds. Its famous style is Solo Night. This style is brightly
colored batik with black cloth. Besides buying the batik cloth, you can also learn how to
make batik in many art galleries throughout this city.
Cirebon is known with Kencana Batik. This batik is made on the best fabrics and usually
colored purple. Cirebon has many ethnic Chinese populations. So, Chinese culture also
affects its motif, such as the tiger, dragon, elephants, and lions. Uniquely, in Cirebon the
women are not drawing wax batik before given. Cirebon batik is motif like Chinese
paintings. You can easily find clouds and mountain rocks.
Batik in Madura is mostly affected with a touch of Chinese art. It also has distinctive
character or bird floral. Most of them are colored with red, brownish red or indigo colors
depicting a winged dragon motif, horse flies, and other animals. This peculiar batik
ornament is taken from marine animals, as a reflection of the work of fishermen. It is one of
the major professions in Madura. In addition to China’s influence, you can also see the
influence of Mataram kingdom that once ruled Madura in Madura batik.
Those famous cities have shown us how rich Indonesian batik is. Let’s visit them and you will
be amazed with the beauty of this heritage!