Traditional Madurese Hand-drawn Batik Silk Fabric/Shawl Origin: Madura Island, Indonesia.
Measurement: 236 cm long & 115 cm wide
Material: Silk (high grade, medium weight)
Color: Synthetic Dyes
Method/Process: Hand drawn design and waxing (Batik Tulis)
This is a genuine hand drawn Indonesian Batik. This piece of textile was made in Madura Island, near East Java, Indonesia.
When people talk about Indonesian Batik, they often think that all Indonesian Batik comes from Yogyakarta or Solo, or Central Java in general. However, many other parts of Indonesia produce equally amazing batik. Indonesian Batik is produced using many different processes such as Batik Tulis (hand-drawn Batik), Batik cap (Stamped Batik) and mass produced factory ones.
Wastra Indonesia offers traditionally handmade Batik, both hand-drawn Batik (batik tulis), and hand-stamped batik (Batik Cap). Both processes are done by hands. In most cases, the batik cap (hand-stamped batik) are finished with hand-waxing.
The based textile almost always comes in plain white cotton or silk, which then drawn on (in Indonesian term called “canting”, read – chanting). The material to resist the dyes called malem, a special Batik wax produced in Indonesia. Some malem are dark in colour and some are light, but they all act as only to resist the dyes. Resist-dyeing is the main dyeing process used for traditional Batik making (hand-drawn or stamp Batik making) in Indonesia. These methods are used to prevent the dyes from reaching all the cloth, thereby preserving the required patterns.
Batik Tulis (hand-drawn batik) is a truly laborious work, particularly when the artists use multi colours on the cloth, as each time they apply a new colour, a resist dyeing processed is required to achieve the required patterns and colours. Once the cloth has been dyed as required, the wax (the malem) can then be removed using hot boiling water. The cloth will be washed gently after using special batik soap, then leave to dry before storing away. Some Batik is coloured using natural dyes and some are dyed using synthetic dyes. The natural dyes normally sourced locally and the process of achieving the required colours take much longer than that of synthetic dyes.
A piece of cloth such as this is hand drawn by Batik artists in the village where it came from, and it is recognised as traditional art, which passed from generation to generation.
We are proud to let you know that part of the proceeds from the sale of this cloth will go to support an amazing project by Connect Indonesia, The Charity, where reading glasses are donated to support senior Batik artists to see better and to work more productively.
Information on the project can be found in: http://www.connect-indonesia.org
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This item is handcrafted, a traditionally hand-drawn textile, where the designs and patterns were entirely made by hands, therefore none of the patterns on this cloth will actually look totally symmetrical or identical with one another. You may find some smudging between design during the waxing process, this results are often the trademark of hand-drawn Batik, particularly on silk, as the silk batik processes are a lot more complex than batik on cotton fabric.