Blitar Regency is one of the regencies in East Java. Blitar is the place where the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno was buried. Blitar Regency has a wealth of natural and interesting regional culture so that it is widely used as inspiration in the manufacture of batik cloth. In terms of quality and quality, Batik Blitar is not inferior to batik from other regions. Blitar Batik has its own unique style, which cannot be separated from the Bung Karno Tomb, Upgrading Temple and so on.
In Blitar Regency, since 1902 the art of batik has actually developed, even though the materials and facilities to support creativity were very limited at that time. Batik art got a pretty good opportunity at that time. The Dutch paid attention to the Javanese aristocratic class by giving them the freedom to be creative, assisted by the presence of traders from China who provided batik materials ranging from naptol to dyes (wenter) in Chinatown grocery stores.
Information about the existence of batik from Blitar is in the Leiden-Dutch Museum under the name Batik Afkomstig Uit Blitar Year 1902. Afkomstig Uit means folk handicraft batik with animal and plant motifs as symbols. The symbols depicting satire for the rulers and nobles formed by the Dutch colonialists at that time. However, the batik handicrafts of the people in Blitar that developed at that time were still limited to the story in Wayang Beber which was intended to decorate the walls of the room.
Batik Afkomstig Uit Blitar
One of the efforts to make batik as one of the elements of national identity and ancestral heritage that must be preserved and its existence, the Blitar District Arts Council seeks to explore and develop Afkomstig Uit as the forerunner of regional batik. It takes time and a long process to create batik typical of Blitar Regency. Until finally, a typical batik from Blitar Regency was born, which was named Batik Tutur.
The name Tutur itself refers to the elements contained in this Blitar Typical Batik. Tutur batik uses images of animals and plants as the main elements or ornaments. The main ornaments are then connected with certain elements so that they are interrelated between one main ornament and another and form a storyline or advice (Javanese: speech).
Blitar Batik Jalu Watu
The speech or advice contained in Blitar Batik is full of expressions rooted in the expression of life and Javanese cultural philosophy in the world of symbols. From this basic idea, batik artists in Blitar developed it, explored it in such a way that it fits the tastes of today. Each design has a different name, with different sasmita (signs) and different speech/story/advice.
Blitar Batik Awu Pineapple
Some names of Blitar Batik motifs are Singo Barong, Sido Mulyo, Blitar Coffee, Koi Penataran, Cinde Gading, Gambir Sepuh, Simo Samaran, Awu Nanas, Winih Semi, Jalu Watu, Celeret Dubang, Tanjung Manila, Mupus Pupus, Galih Dempo, Mirong Jinggo Village, Mount Menyan and others.
Blitar Batik Motif Galih Dhempo
The Singo Barong motif is a symbol of traditional batik clothing to fight for power. If wearing this Singo Barong batik motif, the wearer will have a high aura of authority to lead any power or organization. Singo Barong motif is usually used by high-ranking officials or a leader in a company.
Singo Barong Batik Blitar
The Sido Mulyo motif is a symbol of eastern traditional batik clothing which plays an important role for the glory of the Kings. The wearer of this batik motif is expected to have a noble leadership spirit and will understand virtuous legal norms as a role model for everyone. Batik
Blitar Motif Sido Mulyo
The motif of Koi Penataran, is a symbol of batik clothing which has the meaning of fertility, happiness, and intimacy with fellow humans. The user is expected to have a spirit of mutual cooperation and help each other to fellow human beings selflessly. This upgrading Koi motif can usually be used by all circles of society.
Blitar Batik Upgrading Koi Motif
The Blitar Coffee motif is a symbol of batik clothing which means fair-minded leadership in deciding a problem faced by a company or local government agency. Someone who wears the Kopi Blitar motif means that someone is fair-minded in deciding a problem.
Blitar Batik Blitar Coffee Motif
If you visit Blitar, take the time to stop by the place where Batik Blitar is made, which is on Jalan Borobudur No. 28 Blitar City, East Java and Pamungkur Street, Blitar Village, Sukorejo District, Blitar City.
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