Who is Go Tik Swan?

Besides ex President Soekarno who have much influences in batik, Go Tik Swan is also can’t be forgotten in the growth of Indonesian Batik.

Learning the Javanese culture to the roots, he ever asked to dance at the National Palace where the president lives for Dies Natalis Festival of University of Indonesia. His movement in the traditional Javanese dance impressed Soekarno who is the current president at that time and both of them later become a close friend. Soekarno’s idea to symbolize the unity of Indonesia in a piece of cloth was given to Go Tik Swan to create it in a form of batik that is later called Batik Indonesia.

At that time, batik that is spread throughout Indonesia are usually divided by two categories that is Batik Vorstenlanden (Solo – Yogya) and Batik Pesisir (Cirebon, Pekalongan, Lasem), but there are none that represent the nation Indonesia itself. Soekarno, knowing that the family of Go Tik Swan has been producing batik for generations, the project was given to him.

Go Tik Swan gone through all batik roots to learn about the philosophy and meaning of the patterns in order to create batik that represent Indonesia. Not to mention doing research about the coloring technique and color choosen for the each kind of batik.

After all the research that has been done, the new pattern of batik was developed that is the combination of the classic keraton batik which has many philosophical meaning and the Batik Pesisir of north Java with bright color. Finally Batik Indonesia is developed with new patterns such as Rengga Puspita, Kembang Bangah, and Sawunggaling, that is inspired by the name of a character in East Java’s Folklore who fought against Dutch colonialism.

Batik Indonesia with Sawunggaling Pattern Created by Go Tik Swan Requested by Mr.Soekarno.

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Photo: Thejakartapost.com

Sawunggaling pattern that represent Batik Indonesia, have a philosophical meaning that represent Indonesia. The pattern that consist of fighting roosters symbolize triumph and victory of Indonesia, the meaning within the pattern is hope for strength that could always bring Indonesia to victory.

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