BATIK COURSES INTRODUCTION

The Omah Dhuwur Gallery opens batik course classes. Unlike other batik courses, we provide varied classes of different durations using a variety of materials and media to suit all tastes and requirements. Each participant can choose their media - paper, cotton or wood. This media can take the form of a kite, scarf, table cloth, wooden mask and many more. Participants don’t just watch the process, they are expected to get hands-on through every stage of the batik making process from beginning to the end, and the result can be taken home as souvenir or gift to be proud of!

Our instructors are professional and expert in their field. Batik making involves designing, wax application using a canting and dyeing. We have specialists to teach you this process and make sure that you have an interesting and enjoyable time. Our professional instructors teach in schools and other institutions. They also provide batik training to disabled people – one of Java Connection’s most important roles (please go to the ‘Java Connection’ section).

The courses cover motif design, wax application using a canting (advanced canting techniques on the longer courses), information about natural and chemical dyes, the dyeing process and application of dye using a brush (on long course). We provide the media – paper, cotton and wood. Silk can also be supplied. Please check out our courses. We have 1 hour, 3 hour, full day and tailor-made courses.

One of the essentials in batik making is the use of the canting, a wax pen, which needs great skill to make beautiful batik. Most other courses just introduce the standard canting to do batik making, while we (depending on the course that you choose) introduce you to different kind of canting, of which more than 7 are available. The 7 cantings function differently and are used to produce specific artistic effects and motifs. We also cover different techniques using a brush to produce additional colours in the batik process.

The courses we provide use ‘batik full tulis’, meaning the batik is fully handmade. This involves designing, waxing, boiling, colouring/dyeing and finishing. In other words, transforming a piece of plain, untouched paper/cotton/silk/wood into a batik art form rich in Javanese symbolism.

1. For batik making with cotton or silk we offer handkerchief size (50 x 50cm), small scarf to large wrap on our courses. This suits the duration of the course that has been designed carefully by Java Connection.

2. For batik making on paper, we can turn that that into making kites. It’s fast and easy to learn. This media is especially suitable for children. If you like, we can teach you to make larger and more complicated kites (on 3 hour courses or longer). The colouring can be applied directly to the media using brushes or waxed using a canting and then dyed, like the traditional ‘batik tulis’ process. For paper kites, the colouring or dyeing should be minimal to prevent the paper tearing. Sometimes a plain wax design on paper can be beautiful in itself.

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3. Batik can be applied to wood to make masks. Like other the media, different kinds of traditional Javanese motifs can be used - just ask our teachers. These motifs include parang rusak, parang barong, kawung, garudo, sido mukti, sido rahayu and many more. You can also use contemporary motifs or just make one up yourself!

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