The Revival of Traditional Textiles
The arrival of batik cetak (printed batik) was a disaster for Indonesia’s batik tulis (hand-drawn batik) industry. Batik tulis producers try to survive in this market. They try to be innovative, from developing a tourism batik village to modifying their batik’s style and colors.
SURAKARTA, Central Java, has long been known as Indonesia’s largest batik tulis center. Batik has been produced there long before Indonesia was an independent nation. In his book An Age in Motion: Popular Radicalism in Java, 1912-1926, Takashi Shiraishi points to Surakarta as a batik producing center which dominated the local Dutch East Indies market around 1859-1910. One of Surakarta’s batik centers was in the Kauman village in the P...