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!
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 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.
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
The Kawung motif was created by Sultan Agung of Mataram Kingdom as
The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin prayed for God to
The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from the Palace’s hallway that connects to the gate, where