Recent Program Study

Java Connection is providing batik training to SLB 3 in Yogyakarta, Central Java. The initial basic training lasts for around 4 months and provides very useful therapy as well as skills for an independent future. SLB is a non-profit making organization as well as a school that educates and rehabilitates disabled people (usually between the ages of 5 and 18) and maximizes their potential to be independent. SLB stands for ‘Sekolah Luar Biasa means School for people with special needs.

After the initial training, students will learn more advanced techniques suitable for their disability and will then progress to making batik scarves and shawls. The fabrics (silk, cotton and rayon) are supplied by Java Connection as well as all the other equipment and materials required. Java Connection pays the SLB batik makers exactly the same rate as our other able-bodied batik makers elsewhere. During training we offer the services of our skilled producers as teachers and mentors throughout the courses.

Java Connection then labels the products and sells them through our retail outlets. This provides the SLB workers with an income and a great boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

The initial stages of this project have been so successful that SLB are now considering including this training as part of their curriculum elsewhere. Java Connection is evaluating other craft skills that may be suitable for disabled people including sewing, drawing, knitting and patchwork. We are hoping to work with other institutions in a similar way.