BATIK BIXA + TULIS

KEBON, INDONESIA

 
 
 
 
 

We had the opportunity to learn and experience the unique craft of Batik dyeing during our time in Yogyakarta. This extremely labor intensive technique swept us off our feet after our first visit to this cooperative. Mainly because of how difficult this craft was and how patient you needed to be to achieve the design pattern intended. These artisans were so enthralled in their own art and it really captured our hearts. We even gave the art of Batik dyeing a try and let us tell you - these artisans make this exceedingly challenging technique look like a piece of cake!

 

THE PROCESS

We spent almost a whole week with this village to truly understand this craft that is so woven into the Indonesian heritage and culture.

To begin, each artist applies hot wax with a small pen-like dye apparatus to design each pattern. Once the pattern has been meticulously designed, the wax is boiled off and dyed accordingly using plant-based natural dyes. This process happens 2-50 times to achieve the final colors and design pattern intended. A piece of garment can take any where between 18 hours to make to 7 days to make depending on the complexity of the batik design. We truly are inspired by the craftsmanship of these artisans.

 

SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT

Batik Bixa and Tulis embodies and executes three qualities of sustainable commitment that we respect and admire. 

 

PLANT-BASED NATURAL DYES

This organization uses only plant-based natural dyes. The use of natural dyes is particularly important as it eliminates chemical output into the environment and do not affect the health of the batik artisans.

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ARTISAN LIVELIHOOD

We now work with four artisans specifically from this group who are between the ages of 40 and 55. They all have families and children over the age of 18 and are looking for other means of work and livelihood as their children have grown up. This new career path offers them an opportunity for socializing and a new means of income.

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MICRO ENTERPRISE SUPPORT

Originally, this organization started after the 2006 earthquake. Many batik artists were forced to leave their factory jobs and return home to their villages. The International Organization for Migration saw potential and began this NGO as a support program for micro and small enterprises.