Art of Batik Making at Kauman Batik Village in Solo

Jumat, 05 April 2024 - 03:28 | 16.37k
Awoman creating batik on fabric. (Photo: TIMES AI Academy)
Awoman creating batik on fabric. (Photo: TIMES AI Academy)

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Nestled in the heart of Solo city lies Kauman Batik Village, a captivating destination renowned not only for its diverse range of batik products but also for offering visitors the opportunity to learn the art of batik making firsthand. Among the establishments offering batik classes is Batik Gunawan Setiawan, providing an immersive experience for enthusiasts eager to delve into the intricacies of this traditional craft.

Location and Class Schedule:

Situated at Jalan Cakra No 21, Kauman, Pasar Kliwon District, Solo City, Batik Gunawan Setiawan opens its doors for batik classes every Monday to Saturday, from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM.

"The tourist workshop operates from Monday to Saturday, starting from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon," stated Nita, the Manager of Batik Gunawan Setiawan, during a visit on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Tariff and Steps of Batik Classes:

The fee for batik classes at Batik Gunawan Setiawan is Rp55,000 per person. Participants of these classes are guided through various stages of batik making, including designing or tracing batik patterns, applying wax using a canting tool, the dyeing process, and the final finishing touches of removing wax from the fabric.

Gunawan Setiawan, Chairman of the Kauman Batik Village Tourism Community in Surakarta, revealed that approximately 40 visitors engage in batik classes daily.

One of the participants, Latifa, expressed her interest in learning batik making firsthand, stating, "I decided to join the batik class during my vacation because I've always been curious about the batik-making process. I've seen and heard about Solo batik before, and I wanted to experience it myself."

Kauman: The Hub of Classic Batik Tulis

Established as a batik tourism destination in Solo since 2006, Kauman Batik Village stands out as a producer of classic hand-drawn batik. Renowned for its distinct "batik pakem" style, which has been crafted by Kauman artisans for generations, the village offers visitors an authentic glimpse into the rich heritage of Solo's batik tradition.

"Kauman is recognized as one of the leading producers of hand-drawn batik in Solo, specializing in classic and traditional batik designs that have been meticulously crafted by the villagers for generations," explained Gunawan.

For those eager to embark on a batik-making journey during the upcoming Eid holiday, Batik Gunawan Setiawan warmly welcomes visitors on the first day after Eid. With its immersive classes and rich cultural heritage, Kauman Batik Village promises a memorable experience for all enthusiasts seeking to explore the artistry of batik making. (*)

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Editor : Khodijah Siti
Publisher : Lucky Setyo Hendrawan


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