Batik TulisWoman's Hip Cloth
The design of this exquisite hand-drawn batik textile made by the kraton artisans in Yogyakarta, Java, is referred to as a Putri Yogya. Usually this batik motif is worn by women of nobility. The motif on this textile is called tretes purbakusuma which refers to how this ancient art form relate to beauty.
The motifs on this textile are carefully drawn in wax with a small drawing tool called a canting. It requires great skill to achieve the clean wave lines that represent the sea. Once the textile is waxed it will be dyed in indigo but the areas that are to stay white must be completely covered with a wax that will not crack during the dye work and allow the colour to seep through. This is what makes a particularly fine and valuable textile. After being dyed indigo, the textile is re-waxed to maintain blue areas before the cloth is dipped repeatedly in the brown soga dye, which is a mix of several dye plants, being mainly Maclura cochincenesis, Pterocarpus indica, and Ceriops tegal.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Batik, commercial cotton, natural and synthetic dyes. Made in Yogyakarta, 2020.
246 x 105 cm / 97 x 41.5 in