Kaganga Tanah Rejang
Bengkulu Province – Indonesia
Kaganga Batik is a typical Batik from Rejang region, Bengkulu. This batik was created around 1985-1990. If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes the inspiration from the Kaganga letters, the ancient script of Rejang tribe. This fabric also illustrates plant motifs such as clove flowers, Malay Magnolia (Cempaka) flowers, and the rare Rafflesia Arnoldii flowers, which is a typical endemic flower in Rejang land.
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How to preserve Batik
Philosophical Meanings of Batik
Learn and identify the meaning of the motifs from each region. Are you searching for a meaningful gift for your loved ones? Surprise them with a merry little Batik!
Buy the authentic handwritten Batik textiles to add to your prestigious collection. Such support will enhance the well-being of Batik artisans and preserve the living heritage.
If you want to meet the Batik artisans, we encourage you to visit and support Batik workshops in Indonesia. You may discover the local tourism that suits your preference!
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009
Batik Production Process in Bengkulu
Batik production can take 1 month up to 2 years of working time depending on the purposes of the textile creation and the colour complexity. The Batik handwriting textile is generally made with 8 design steps, ranging from wax patterning to colouring process. The artists use Canting, as a tool to put hot melted wax on the cloth.
Overview of Bengkulu Province
Bengkulu is also famous for nature and its historical treasures. There are tropical rain forests where we can find a variety of rare plant species, such as the famous Rafflesia Arnoldi Flowers, Wetland Orchid Vanda Hookeriana, Medang, Meranti, Ratan, and Resin wood.
Batik Villages in Bengkulu Province
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside and open their Batik workshops, as well as display their Batik products. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
Batik Motifs in Bengkulu
This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe
The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions