Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as an incredibly creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practiced for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the most beautiful batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to do. (https://www.batikguild.org.uk/batik/what-is-batik). Indonesian Batik was designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.

On Saturday, November 10th, 2018, IGOV UMY invited all the inbound student exchange program from Universiti Utara Malaysia and Maejo University Thailand accompanied by their buddies to enjoy the social service on batik craft painting in Adhinata Batik. “Adhinata Batik is one of the batik galleries in the area of batik tourism village, Wijirejo, Bantul. Adhinata today remains as the third generation that passed down from my Grandmother,” said Doni Adhi Saputra as the owner. “Some tools need to be understood before paint batik, we have prepared the kits in front of you; ‘canting’ (a tool for thickening the pattern), hot wax, a small pan, and white fabric”, added Doni. The tools introduction happened quickly, and was followed by the practice of the craft which was led by batik painters. “firstly, you need to draw the pattern with this pencil, and you can paint anything you want”, announced the painter. “After that, you need to wait until the candle becomes totally liquid, and use your canting to thicken the pattern”, added the painter.

The drawing and thickening of the pattern was finished at around 13:00, where the students continued to the coloring session. “Before coloring, make sure to wash the fabric and put some naaptol before staining,” Doni said while demonstrating an example. “Next, we should do nglorod to eliminate the candle from the fabric which the ultimate step is sunbathing,” added Doni. The practice of batik is passed around two hours. Pursuing the next agenda is having lunch, or for those who want to buy the fabric, they can do as well. Some of the Malaysian pupils bought the batik on a large scale to bring back to their home country.

“By organizing this experience, we hope every student is able to know and practice about the way of making batik. This event is also one of the perks that inbound students from the exchange program were able to participate in at IGOV”, said Ridho Al-Hmadi, the director of IGOV. “We hope to bring them to another amusing place in Yogyakarta during their stay in UMY,” Ridho added. (Adibah Dhivani/Alex Krauel)

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