Happy Friday, friends of GPS Wisata Indonesia, as usual on Fridays we always present articles about batik. This time we are still discussing old batik, previously we mentioned old batik made with a new version or making replicas of old batik. This time we will discuss about the original old batik that has been made since tens to hundreds of years ago.
Old batik is an old batik that is no longer produced. Although the appearance is old and faded, it is not uncommon for collectors to look to remote areas of the country just for an old batik work with a certain motif. Many of us find the existing patterns in old batik, there are many new versions. However, it is the age of the old batik that makes it more valuable than the new batik. It is not easy to find certain batik patterns made from the same year. What’s more, the natural washing process makes old batik has a unique color effect and is different from new batik. Old batik is no longer just batik but antiques worth collecting. If old batik is not something of value, it seems that the museum will not display old batik, aka old batik.
The exclusiveness of old batik is very different from modern batik. The fabric is softer because it uses imported materials from Belgium and it is very difficult to find the fabric nowadays. Likewise, the coloring and drying techniques are carried out naturally, resulting in a work that is impossible to reproduce. From the color and brittleness of the fabric. Good fabric, dull and bright colors are visible. Natural and chemical soga brown color on a piece of batik cloth will look different. It could be that the batik seller said that it was ancient or old batik, because that had to be looked at carefully first. Because there is a technique how to make batik cloth look like old.
Batik Lawasan Batik Three Countries Tjoa
Old batik cloth that is used as a collection usually has a high meaning and philosophy. The selling value of the batik cloth reaches tens to hundreds of millions depending on the uniqueness of the cloth, the batik process, color, and age of the cloth. If the design is rare, and cannot be imitated, that will determine the price as well. The average collection is batik cloth made from the 1920s to the 1970s, even older than that.
There are many types of old batik, for example Madura batik, three country batik, hokokai batik, encim batik, and so on. The batik is usually marked with a sign or signature from the batik maker.
Madura batik with various patterns, such as the original Bangkalan Tanjung Bumi, Sampang Pamekasan and Sumenep patterns. The names of the batik cloths are mano juduh tarpot kellengan, tarpot bangan, burubur, prone mra, and tana pasèr mra. For Tanjung Bumi batik, it has been made hundreds of years ago, about 200 years. The type of mano’ juduh tarpot kellengan that is in great demand by collectors and museum owners.
Old Batik Tanjung Bumi
Batik Encim, which was pioneered by Batik Oei Soe Tjun who lives in Kedungwuni, became one of the pioneers of making fine batik in the traditional way. There is the signature of Oey Soe Tjoen which is the hallmark of Kedungwuni encim batik.
The old hand-written batik made by Na Swan Hien, Kedungwuni, Pekalongan, with a phoenix motif on a ukel background, has a very fine workmanship and workmanship, making Na Swan Hien’s batik very popular and sought after by antique batik collectors. The print is very smooth because it uses a “0” canting, giving a 3-dimensional effect and a very beautiful color gradation. This batik was made in 1945 using Dutch mori.
Hokokai batik is one of the most detailed examples of batik styles, combining morning-afternoon characteristics, moonlit motifs, and Semarangan soil. Hokokai Batik uses a full and detailed background combined with flowers in bright colors. The moonlight motif was originally a batik design with a large triangular motif rising vertically over a simple background.
Hokokai Javanese Batik
Currently there are efforts from batik fans, especially for those who like batik with old motifs. They make new batik with old motifs, in addition to preserving the motifs so they don’t disappear, as well as to introduce to the public that such motifs have always existed. However, in terms of quality, it is clearly different from the batik that existed in the past, because the manufacturing process is different. And because of this, batik collectors don’t like this type of replica batik. However, other batik lovers often think that rather than not getting the original, replicas are okay.
Hope it is useful.