The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong awareness of God. The white color symbolizes purity, yellow symbolizes glory, and black symbolizes strength and sincerity. These colors are found in Aceh Gayo traditional houses. Batik users are expected to show personal charm that is religious, noble, and it is also expected that the wearer has a purity of heart and mind.
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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 Aceh
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 Aceh Province
Aceh is located at the tip of Sumatra Island, the westernmost province in Indonesia with the capital city of Aceh Province, Banda Aceh City. Although the batik tradition is not the original tradition of the Aceh community, Batik textiles were already very popular and worn by the aristocrats in the era of the Aceh Kingdom in the 13th century. Batik art was introduced through exchanges by traders who came from India, Persian, Gujarat, Java Island, and other regions.
Batik Villages in Aceh 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.