Terry waiting for his colors to set

Batik is abundant here in Indonesia, especially in Yogyakarta, the capital of Batik, which simplified is painting with wax and dyes. We booked a batik lesson through Via Via Café (great travelers meeting place with lots of activities) for the day and brought out our artistic sides. Our teachers, Suzie and Henri, have been batik-ing for generations and have a wonderful gallery boasting some fine art. Who knew that a simple 50cm x 50 cm painting could take all day?! It was definitely harder than it looks but we had a blast and with the help of our knowledgeable teachers, we produced some artwork worthy of hanging up in our home!

Manali working on her wax painting
Manali working on her wax painting
Adding the rainbow colors to the painting
Adding the rainbow colors to the painting
Terry waiting for his colors to set
Terry waiting for his colors to set
Filled the remainder of the painting with paraffin wax, then adding black dye
Filled the remainder of the painting with paraffin wax, then adding black dye
Setting the colors so they don't bleed
Setting the colors
Awesome finished batik paintings!
Awesome finished batik paintings!

Cost: 80,000 IDR per person (~$9); booked at Via Via Café
Duration: 9am to 2pm
Produced: 50cm x 50 cm 100% cotton square
Location: Batik Kelik (near Jalan Prawirotaman area)

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, you guys did a great job. I thought I had a little artistic side to me before I saw your final product! Looks amazing, we're definitely going to have to take this class when we're in Indonesia! Thanks for the great info.

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