Learning about Batik in Jakarta
Nowadays, there are a lot of examples and forms of batik in many parts of the world. Indonesia was where batik reached its highest mark of accomplishment and development, which is why UNESCO recognised Indonesian Batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in October 2009. Beginning in 2010, 2 October has been celebrated as National Batik Day in Indonesia.
It is no wonder then that Indonesia has several batik museums around the country, including the Yogyakarta Batik Museum, Danar Hadi Batik Museum Solo, Pekalongan Batik Museum and in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta Batik Museum or well known as Jakarta Textile Museum.
Featuring beautiful Dutch colonial architecture, the Jakarta Textile Museum has more than 800 collections of batik from all around Indonesia, a room full of looms and other weaving tools, and a garden where many of the plants were used to colour the batik fabric. The back yard of the museum's is Pendopo Batik, a place to learn the art of batik production.
Various types of Indonesian Batik are distinct for the ways in which they are made:
1. Batik Tulis
Batik tulis, is a way to make batik by waxing the entire fabric by hand, using a tool called canting. This type of batik is the most expensive, as it is carefully handcrafted and takes months to make just one.
2. Batik Cap
Batik cap is a way to make batik by waxing the fabric with a copper stamp. The stamp is imprinted with a Batik pattern and just needs to be carefully and neatly stamped on the fabric.
Batik printing is a way to make batik by printing the fabric with a batik pattern. This is the most modern and easiest way to produce batik, without using wax or dyes. It is the same concept as printing any kind of pattern or to design clothes.
In addition to learning at Pendopo Batik, people can produce their own batik using the batik Tulis method, following these steps:
1. Draw the batik pattern on a white fabric using a pencil. The pattern can be varied and based on self-creativity.
2. Paint the pattern and its filling on both sides with wax by using the canting.
3. After the entire pattern and its filling has been covered with wax, dye the fabric to make its colour base. The batik pattern will remain white, as it was covered by wax.
4. Remove the wax in boiling water and dry the fabric.
5. Repeat the process conversely. Wax both sides of the dyed fabric and remain the batik pattern in white.
6. Dye the fabric again to colour the pattern. Remove the wax in the boiling water and dry the fabric.
7. Wash the fabric with cold water. It is now ready to wear.
*The more colour variations, the more waxing and dyeing process is repeated.
Located in central Jakarta, the Jakarta Textile Museum located is approximately just 20 minutes by car from Grand Hyatt Jakarta. Spare some time to visit the museum to learn about and see beautiful batik collections from around Indonesia.
In addition to clothes and fabrics, batik can also be created into other fashion items and craft things, including accessories, bags, hand fans and wall display, and etc. Batik shopping has become a popular activities for tourist in Jakarta. Here are some batik shops and centres near Grand Hyatt Jakarta:
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No.28-30,
Plaza Indonesia 3rd Floor, 116 C
Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur,
Kebon Melati, Tanah Abang,
Jakarta Textile Museum
Jl. Aipda Ks Tubun No.2-4,
Tanah Abang, Petamburan,
Telephone: (021) 5606613
Celebrate the 7th National Batik day with Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Wear your best batik clothing and show the flyer in our social media post to enjoy 25% discount on your food at Grand Café and Fountain Lounge. Only valid on Sunday, 2 October 2016.