Galeri Batik Java is a collection of natural indigo batik – hand painted batik using 100% natural dye from Indigofera tinctoria. It yields attractive shades of blue, which is used in fashionable women’s and men’s wear.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. The applied wax resists dye and allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating the process.
Many Indonesian batik patterns are symbolic. Infants are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child good luck. Certain batik designs are reserved for brides and grooms, while some are solely reserved for royalty. A person's rank can be determined by the design of the batik he or she wears.
The products are for everyone who love unique handmade items and appreciate its beauty. Here, you can see a showcase of Indonesian cultural heritage that was produced using environmentally-friendly processes.
The indigo batik was created using the fermentation process of indigo leaves as natural dye without any synthetic chemicals. This leaves no hazardous waste which could pollute the surrounding soil and water.
Indigo is one of the oldest natural dyeing colors which has been used for more than 2500 years. It is also known as the color of the kings.
It produces a natural blue color that is calm, vivid and wear-resistant, which can also be combined with other natural colors to get a uniquely harmonious composition.
The batik industry of Java flourished from the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century but saw a decline during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia.
Following Indonesian independence, the increasing preference for western clothing continued the decline of the batik industry.
In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. As part of the acknowledgment, UNESCO asked Indonesia to preserve its heritage. The 2nd of October has been stated as National Batik Day by the Indonesian government.