The Fabric of Life
Explore centuries of traditional Indonesian textiles, from Batiks to Ikats
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It all starts with a dot
Discover the unique language of dots and lines
5 Things You Need to Know About Indonesian Textiles
The history, traditions, and craftsmanship
The Meaning Behind The Motifs
Discover the patterns, symbols, and designs of Indonesia’s signature craft
The 3 Top Indonesian Batik Villages
Discover where the finest Batik is made
Are you a teacher or a student?
Download lesson plans to learn about Batik through fun activities at home
Which craft technique made this design?
Clue: It's the most common method
Back to batik
Learn more about the fabric of the people
The Royal Patterns
Learn about symbolism behind motifs sacred to Javanese royals
Resisting The Dye: How To Make Batik
Did you know some designs take 6 months to make?
A Melting Pot of Motifs
Can you spot the Arabic, Indian, Chinese influences in Batik?
How Wartime Led to a Beautiful New Batik
The story of how a new design was created to double the wear
Listen and look
Explore batik and woven designs while listening to relaxing music
The Glittery Joy of Batik Perada
Threads of Lafa Cloth
Rainbows of Jumputan Pelangi
All Day Batik Pagi Sore
A Row of Kain Tampan
Explore the patterns
Get up close to the details of batik craftsmanship
If you like...
A closer look at the patterns and what they mean
Sun, Fire and Ulos
A source of warmth that binds the community together
Where Weaving Meets Tapestry
The intricate Miomafo style worn by the head of the tribe
The Cloth Made Out Of Bananas
Discover how Hote goes from fruit to fabric
How Widows Send a Message With Their Shoulder Cloth
The golden textile that let people know if a widow is ready to remarry
A Magical Healing Fabric
The gerinsing cloth is considered the most powerful of Balinese fabrics
Weddings, Welcome Celebrations, and Wall Hangings
The different uses of the tapis
Woven Deep In The Forest of Borneo
According to local belief the skill to weave Pua Kumbu comes in a dream
Sail Away With The Weaving
The ship designs of Lampung
The colors of nature
Rainbow dyes and earthy tones of Indonesian textiles
Discover Where The Colors Come From
How different plants make different pigments
Unraveling Plangi: The Art of Tie-Dying
The unique art of colorful resist tie-dyeing technique
Shades of brown
Shades of yellow
Shades of blue
Shades of red
Shades of green
Which natural fiber this fabric is made of ?
See all of the textiles in one place
Explore the museum
Ikuti Tur Museum Tekstil Jakarta
A Virtual Tour of the Jakarta Textile Museum
An army base camp turned textile museum
Inside the museum
Jakarta Textile Museum Main Hall
Traditional Weaving Equipments
Wooden House Workshop for Batik Making
The threads of life
Fabrics, designs, and colors that weave communities together
Holding On To Golden Threads
The glimmering details that adorn Indonesian textiles
Batik From Birth
How the textile traditions play an important part in every stage of life
Discover The Different Ways Sarongs Are Used
A closer look at the inspirational and versatile garment
Zoom into the gold
Have a look in the finer details
What have you learned?
Time to test yourself .. and others!
What Have You Learned About Batik?
What Have You Learned About Natural Dyes?
What Have You Learned About Indonesian Weaving?
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