Article: Unsung Heroes of Javanese Batik

One of the largest batik workshops in Indonesia is Batik Danar Hadi in Solo, owned and operated by Santosa Doellah and his wife, Danarsih Hadipriyono

One of the largest batik workshops in Indonesia is Batik Danar Hadi in Solo, owned and operated by Santosa Doellah and his wife, Danarsih Hadipriyono

Ian Reed and Greg Roberts are passionate enthusiasts and collectors of old and new batik from the north coast of Java, known as batik Pasisir. In this article, Greg Roberts echoes the rallying call of the late batik maestro Pak Iwan Tirta, for greater recognition to be given to the crucial role of the pengobeng (batikkers or waxers) in the making of batik and to the significance of the filler motifs, isen-isen and tanahan. The rewards of visiting batik workshops and experiencing the batik making process first hand are also highlighted. The article is not intended to be an historical survey of batik Pasisir and doesn’t attempt to define and trace the its origins or its anthropological aspects.

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