Making Batik : the heart, hand and mind should be in one unity

Hello, it’s me again. I want to write something about one of my hobby. I actually start to do this hobby since my elementary school but because of tons of school activities, I left it. Recently I try to learn deeper about this and learn from a great trainer 😀

Well, my hobby is BATIK. Batik itself comes from Java Language, Ba : babat Tik : titik. It means that making a dot. Batik itself is a process make a drawing. The process are drawing using wax with canting and dye coloring. When the fabric is ready, we call it batikan. Canting is like the tools and wax works as ink for drawing. There’re many sizes for canting. The biggest one is for making the outline pattern and the smallest one for making small and detail pattern. It is a picture of canting and melted wax.

Ok, for batik tulis (hand using batik), here’re the process :

  1. Nyorek : drawing the pattern using pencil on the cloth (the best quality cloth for batik is primissima cloth)
  2. Nglowong : waxing the outline pattern using canting tool
  3. Isen – isen : filling the motif with more detail pattern and second waxing parts to remain white
  4. Medel : first coloring
  5. Ngebyok : removing the wax using boiling water
  6. Mbironi and nembok : re-waxing parts to remain dark blue and cover part to remain white
  7. Nyoga :second coloring by dipping in soga brow
  8. Nglorod : removing all the wax in boiling water

To make a hand using batik is the most difficult technique. We should control the wax from canting so that it will always make a stable line and also to make beautiful pattern, we should draw it slowly and truly it takes time. We should be super patience!!!

Old Javanese people said that to make beautiful batik, “the hand, heart and mind should become one unity”

Former Javanese people also think that doing batik is not only for make beautiful batikan but they do meditation during the process of nglowong & isen-isen. To draw with canting will takes time, it can be done in several days or  a week. Of course, they will give good pray to each pattern.  It means that the drawing people give a good wish and pray to the people who will use their batik. Beside that, each Javanese batik pattern has philosophy. One example, it is my favourite Javanese batik pattern called Sekar Jagad. Sekar Jagad comes from the Java language “kar jagad” kar means map and jagad means world. It means the diversities in the world. The different patterns are drawn into one cloth and create beautiful combination. This motif means also beauty so that it is expected the user of this batik will be attractive.

I learn Batik from Mr. Hadjir Digdodarmodjo.

He has been a batik trainer since 60 years ago.  He open batik course in her own house, next to Taman Sari (Water Castle), it is easy to find his place because many people know Taman Sari. Beside him, I also leard from my friend who has batik brand called Batik Suryanto. I learn many things there, from the history, philosophy, technique, etc.  Here’re some example of my batik. 😀

It is before coloring, draw dome decorative pattern and wayang Arjuna


After coloring

The latest one, I draw Jogja Palace’s Symbol and Sekar Jagad batik. I think I will dye the cloth next week.

Thanx for reading this article.

photos credit : faniatmanti

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