Free expression of tradition is the motto of Batiktuk.
It is very sad to see the ‘batik tulis’ (handmade batik) industry is dying and replaced by printed fabric. Our approach to revitalise batik tulis industry is to re-introduce batik to young people in a slightly different form.
While the traditional batik has many rules and fixed pattern, Batiktuk is free and expressive, just like the young people.
While traditional batik takes an extremely long time to make, Batiktuk process is relatively faster, following the pace of modern live.
While the traditional batik looks old, Batiktuk gives a fresh and contemporary look.
Each product is individually hand painted using batik (wax on fabric) technique. We always choose cotton as our main material. Our exclusive products use hand woven cotton as the base material.
The founder of Batiktuk, Bagus Gonk Prabowo, is a visual artist specialised in batik. He was born in a craft culture of carving town, Jepara, and continued to develop his craft sensibility by studying art craftsmanship in Art Institute of Indonesia. He is also deeply influenced by the spirit of Kartini, one of the women heroes, who was fighting for Indonesian women rights. Kartini used batik not only for production, but also to express her feeling and let go her emotion. Thus batik is not only seen as a pattern or technique, but also a process or event.
Bagus also gives Batiktuk batik workshop at FrogHouse so that the young people can also make batik in a Batiktu stye. The workshop takes around 2-3 hours. Each participant will make 40x200cm scarf fabric which they can bring home and wear.
FEE: IDR 75,000 per person
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