As a country with immense cultural diversity, Indonesia has introduced the world to batik, a UNESCO-heritage registered textile dyeing method as well as one of the country’s oldest forms of craftsmanship techniques. Batik as a centuries-old art form has undergone immense developments to incorporate the latest fashion trends and has come to embody Indonesia’s modern heritage. This renowned craft varies in patterns, colours, and motifs throughout the archipelago and therefore offers consumers a wide selection of products that reflect Indonesia’s rich culture and ethnicities. At Sarinah, you can find batik apparel and fashion accessories such as shawls, blouses, and bags sourced from across the country.
Sarinah’s batik goods are produced with a special eye for detail in mind. Batik artisans meticulously stencil in intricate motif designs onto fabric and undertake several processes of waxing and dyeing. Producers of handmade batik spend extensive hours tracing the lining of the drawn pattern with varying colours of wax and repeatedly boil the textile product to rid traces of starch, chalk, and other impurities before drying. The degree of intricacy and attention required to create hand-woven batik stands as testament to its premium quality and value as one of Indonesia’s timeless crafts. Every batik product at Sarinah is expertly tailored to capture the essence of Indonesian heritage and as such makes available a wide-range of batik motifs, each with a story.
Sarinah delivers to consumers varied selections of batik patterns that are indigenous to Indonesia such as the kawung as well as sekar jagad motifs among many others. As a batik print steeped in ancestry from the island of Java, kawung-printed goods take influence from the 13th century thereby making it one of the oldest batik designs. Similarly, the sekar jagad batik motif embodies a far reaching history originating from royal kingdoms in Yogyakarta and Solo, representing the diversity of the world.
At Sarinah, an exhaustive array of batik products can be found including hand-painted batik; painstakingly crafted over weeks and months using the traditional wax method by hand, printed batik utilising modern production methods that offer traditional designs as well as more modern interpretations of treasured batik motifs. A full spectrum of colours is available as well as fabrics including silk and cotton to suit any budget or occasion. In store, Sarinah’s friendly shop assistants are on hand to guide you through your purchase and provide you with further information on the incredible variety of batik types available to you be it for an addition to your wardrobe, fashion statement or souvenir.
Sarinah has longstanding relationships with numerous batik producers as well as distributors throughout Indonesia, ensuring product delivery of the highest standards, quality, and aesthetic appeal. The commercial platform provided by Sarinah for burgeoning micro, small and medium enterprises throughout Indonesia has made it the leading retailer for local heritage products in line with the company’s mission to support local artisans and SMEs and bring Indonesian craftsmanship to the world.
Among the leading batik brands offered at Sarinah are:
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