Parang Rusak


Other than courage and steadfastness, this motif also signifies that the wearer is an unconquerable spirit, as symbolized by the wavy pattern that is like both the undulations of a keris Javanese dagger and the curls of the ocean’s waves. Parang rusak wearers are noble characters who can control the continuous waves of temptation in human daily life. As such, this motif is reserved for royalty and nobility.

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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!

Authentic 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.

Batik Community

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 Yogyakarta

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. 

Batik Regions 

Overview of Yogyakarta Province

The city of Yogyakarta is known as a student city whose universities hold an important role in education in Indonesia. Yogyakarta is the second largest tourist destination after Bali. It is the location where the famous Prambanan UNESCO WHS is situated. Governed by the Yogyakarta Sultanate, various types of tourism objects are developed in this region.

Batik Villages in Yogyakarta 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.

Other Royal Motifs