First, though, we observed batik being made at the Winotosastro workshop. I've posted before on an enterprise like this in Bandung. The process is endlessly fascinating, and I can see why Inger McCabe Elliott, whose wonderful book Batik: Fabled Cloth of Java I picked up at the Periplus store in Soekarno-Hatta airport, became immersed in the subject. I, however, will never be at anything better than a wish-I-knew-more level.
Women working on batik tulis (hand-drawn).
A collection of cap (pronounced like "chop"), for faster production.
Pasted below, probably of interest to the aficionado only, are photos we also took of names for steps in the batik process and various cap patterns. This Winotosastro visit was on our first Friday and we followed it with a visit to a rather shabby but excellent batik and embroidery (sulaman) museum in Yogya Monday morning. No cameras were allowed there, however, so we have no record of the archival photos and the collection of tools used at every stage in batik production — and no images of the fine textiles on display, with particularly outstanding specimens of colorful Pekalongan artistry. Dewi Nugroho, whose family collection this is, was in a wheelchair behind the reception desk; she's an embroiderer herself, specializing in framed portraits and landscapes.
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