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Beautiful hand drawn batik

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 Beautiful Batik Tulis


The people of Java, a small island in Indonesia, produce some of the finest batik in the world. Much of it these days is merely screen-printed imitations of the real thing. However there are still plenty of workshops making hand stamped batik (called "cap batik") and even hand drawn batik (known as "batik tulis")

The very finest batik is hand drawn and the design is literally drawn with wax directly onto the white cotton using a small wax pen (canting). This means that each cloth is absolutely unique and individual. It also means that you can only order ONE of each piece! 

We have a large collection of beautiful hand drawn batik tulis from Java - some of which we use in our talks or exhibitions, others which we just hoard and drool over and some we occasionally sell. I hope you will find something you love here!

For more batik cloths, look in our Vintage cap batik section, our Traditional Javanese Batik section or here for batik pictures.

Photo of our Sumatran Folk Batik

Sumatran Folk Batik

A deep red thick cotton cloth with hand drawn motifs and "Arabic writing" imitations. Probably made by a village woman for herself or her husband to wear to the mosque.

Burgundy red and pale sand colours.

Size: 88 x 2.3 m

BT05 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Sumatran Folk Batik
£45.00 each Buy
Photo of our Indigo batiked long slendang

Indigo batiked long slendang

A wonderful piece of hand drawn batik tulis made by the women of the Bima Sakti batik co-operative in Giriloyo village. The women of this village have been making batik for the courts of Jogyakarta in Central Java for many generations.

Their work is all done by hand and uses natural dyes only.

Colours: natural plant indigo and white

Size: 52 cms x 2.10 metres

BT04 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Indigo batiked long slendang
£65.00 each Buy
Photo of our Indigo Bali batik

Indigo Bali batik

A lovely blue and white slendang (scarf) dyed with natural indigo, from a batik workshop on the island of Bali.

White, pale blue and dark blue. All hand drawn work. 

A mix of floral borders with a central diamond of geometric designs.

Size: 50 cms x 1.88 m

BT23 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Indigo Bali batik
£75.00 each Buy
Photo of our Rice stalks Indigo Tuban Batik

Rice stalks Indigo Tuban Batik

A wonderful hand drawn batik "slendang" or shoulder cloth from the village of Kerek in northern Java - one of the few places left where batik is still made on handwoven cotton. The cotton and the indigo dye plants are grown around the village and the wax is made from local bees.

A few of the older village women still spin, weave, dye and batik the cotton to produce amazing pieces of folk textile art like this. A piece like this is made to wear or carry goods. Strong hardwearing cotton with a design of cotton flowers with decorative borders.

Size: 2 metres x 45 cms (including fringe)

For another beautiful indigo batik from Kerek, have a look here.

BT21 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Rice stalks Indigo Tuban Batik
£95.00 each Buy
Photo of our Indramayu Batik

Indramayu Batik

Indramayu is a fishing port near Cirebon on the north coast of Java and once had its own distinctive style of batik usually with sea motifs. Now there are just one or two batik studios remaining making batik using the traditional indigo blue and mengkudu purpley red dyes. The distinguishing feature of Indramayu batik is the dotted background which is featured on the borders of this cloth

This lovely piece has an intensively worked background of dots and geringsing (fish scales)  with wavering foliage and sea weeds. It has a wonderful tumpal (triangular) pattern at each end of the cloth.

New condition. Size: 1.04 x 2.40 m

BT27 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Indramayu Batik
£95.00 each Buy
Photo of our Eagles and leaves vintage batik

Eagles and leaves vintage batik

This lovely old and faded batik was probably made in the 1950s or '60s (60 or 70 years ago) before chemical dyes had been fully adopted in Central Java. It has been dyed using plant indigo and the bark brown dyes called "soga". Very deep blue and pale cream and cafe au lait colour.

The design shows flowers and leaves interspersed with traditional "sawat" eagle wings and tail designs.

There is a repaired rip about two/thirds of the way along which is reflected in the price.

Size:106 cms x 2.55m

BT33 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Eagles and leaves vintage batik
£95.00 each Buy
Photo of our Carnations Lasem Batik

Carnations Lasem Batik

I bought this batik cloth in Lasem about 40 years ago when we were collecting samples of batik from all over Java for a museum collection. Lasem is a small town on the north coast of Java which has long been famed for its batik, although there is not so much left of it now.

Lasem was particularly known for the bright "mengkudu" red which its dyers could achieve. So much so that batik manufacturers from other parts of Java sent their cloths to be dyed there. (in the days before synthetic dyes reached Java in the 1920s) The design of carnations and fans is aimed at the Peranakan Chinese community who live in Lasem and other coastal Javanese towns, as well as Singapore and Penang and Malacca in Malaysia

The red and blue on a white background is known as "bang-biru" and would be worn by married women. When batiking a cloth like this, great care must be taken, using very thick beeswax, to protect the white background from the blue and red dyes.

New condition. Size 1.02 x 2.45 m

BT31 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Carnations Lasem Batik
£115.00 each Buy
Photo of our Giriloyo Sample Cloth

Giriloyo Sample Cloth

This cloth was batiked in the village of Giriloyo by the women of the Bima Sakti Women's Batik Co-operative. Bu Hartinah and her neighbours come from a line of women with a long tradition of making batik cloths for the Sultan of Jogyakarta and the royal court. Their village out in the rice fields beyond the city, lies just beneath the sacred mountain of Imogiri where the Sultans of Central Java have their tombs.

The cloth is a "sempel tretes" sampler cloth and shows 24 different and named designs. The batik has all been hand drawn and the designs are related to each other.

New. Size: 1.04 x 2.30 m

BT32 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Giriloyo Sample Cloth
£120.00 each Buy
Photo of our Indigo Sample cloth

Indigo Sample cloth

A wonderful example of a design sampler featuring 24 named designs.

This new cloth has been completely hand waxed and dyed by the women of the Bima Sakti women's batik co-operative in Giriloyo village. The women of this village have a long tradition of making batik for the Sultan of Jogyakarta.

Size 1.02 x 2.40 cms with 24 designs of 30 x 33 cms.

BT22 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Indigo Sample cloth
£120.00 each Buy
Photo of our Taman Arum Cirebon Batik

Taman Arum Cirebon Batik

This hand drawn batik was bought by us about 40 years ago from the village of Trusmi where the batik of the Royal Court city of Cirebon is made. The design is called "Taman Arum" or Fragrant Garden and it depicts the Sultan's Palace gardens with rocks, foliage, royal parasols, pavillions, lions and mythical winged beasts.

The Chinese design influences in the "megamendung" pattern of the rocks can be clearly seen. Golden brown, blue and black on an ivory background

New condition. Size: 1.02 x 2.56 m

BT30 – Beautiful hand drawn batik: Taman Arum Cirebon Batik
£145.00 each Buy

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