A Journey to Solo Batik Carnival 2009

Solo Batik Carnival by Agus Yuniarso flickr
Solo Batik Carnival by Agus Yuniarso flickr

This is really fantastic, I love it so much. There was a real International Carnival in my birthplace Solo, Central Java Indonesia. This is the second one, it's Solo Batik Carnival 2009. The Carnival was held at 26-28 June 2009. Opened by the Minister of Commerce Ms. Mary E. Pangestu and followed by 86 Batik traders in Central Java. The theme was : Mask

Solo Batik Carnival 2 (28 Juni 2009)

The Carnival was held along Slamet Riyadi Street (the main street in Solo) from Purwosari crossroad to Gladag Circle. This event could be a very great opportunity for tourism in Solo and if you watch their batik creation, you will be surprised of their creativity and ideas. This event aims to approach the community with the wisdom of their own culture and love the growing of their city which is more plural and multiculture. This is The Spirit of Java.

There are three types of mask which are used in this Carnival.
1. Panji that describe a king mask with his beauty and elegance.
2. Kelana that describe a knight or giant mask with his anger and power.
3. Gecul that describe a clown mask with his comedian and funny looks.


Solo Batik Carnival 2009

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Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009  all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Solo Batik Carnival 2009 all credit to Agus Yuniarso Flickr
Indonesian Silk Batik-Farmer Motif-Black by nichancraftroom flickr
Indonesian Silk Batik-Farmer Motif-Black by nichancraftroom flickr

Batik as my local culture

Batik is always connected with Indonesia. The word Batik is came from Javanese word "amba" that means dot (a cloth with little dots) or in Indonesian language titik. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word 'tritik' which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phase for the mystical experience of making batik is “mbatik manah” which means “drawing a batik design on the heart”.

There are many types and traditional batik patterns, but the patterns and variations in accordance with the philosophy and culture of each region is very diverse. The Indonesian rich cultures has been encouraging the birth of various patterns and types of traditional batik with the speciality of their own characteristics

Batik in Indonesia has been known since the times of the kingdom of Majapahit and growing up to the next kingdom. The expansion of this batik art become the property of the people of Indonesia and Java in particular tribe was after the end of XVIII century or early-to-XIX centuries. Batik which was produced is a written-batik until the early XX century and the stamped- batik was known after first world war or around 1920. Batik is now a part of the traditional Indonesian clothing

Many years ago Indonesian people just wear Batik for formal occasions such as formal ceremony, wedding party, and traditional events. Now, Batik is more casual and become daily outfit. You may find people wearing Batik for work.

Batik Types

Batik Tulis or Written-Batik
A piece of cloth that is decorated by many kind of batik textures and designs using hand. The making of Batik tulis could be very long, it's about 2-3 months.

Batik Cap or Stamped-Batik
A piece of cloth that is decorated by batik textures and designs using copper stamp. The making process is faster than Batik Tulis, just 2-3 days.

Batik and Cuisine: A Heritage of Indonesia Fashion Show

Batik Designs

There are thousands of Batik design. But in general there are two kind of batik designs : geometric design and free form design. The design was influenced by many culture, like Chinese culture which is big in Indonesia give the Batik design a brighter color and more intricate flower and cloud design. You may find a dragon and phoenix design on Batik cloth too.
The European culture influenced a tulip flower design on Batik and when Japanese arrived they influenced with Batik Hokokai.

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Batik Kawung http://www.expat.or.idBatik Parang http://www.expat.or.idBatik Parang Rusak by Yan Arief flickrBatik Ceplok http://www.expat.or.idBatik Gedog Tuban by eastjava.comBatik Keong Sari (written-batik) Jogja by wirtzliz flickrBatik Sidomukti by eastjava.com flickrBatik Sidomukti by eastjava.com flickrBatik Tiga Negeri www.wikipedia.comBatik Lasem www.wikipedia.comBatik Jawa Hokokai www.wikipedia.comBatik Buketan www.wikipedia.com
Batik Kawung http://www.expat.or.id
Batik Kawung http://www.expat.or.id
Batik Parang http://www.expat.or.id
Batik Parang http://www.expat.or.id
Batik Parang Rusak by Yan Arief flickr
Batik Parang Rusak by Yan Arief flickr
Batik Ceplok http://www.expat.or.id
Batik Ceplok http://www.expat.or.id
Batik Gedog Tuban by eastjava.com
Batik Gedog Tuban by eastjava.com
Batik Keong Sari (written-batik) Jogja by wirtzliz flickr
Batik Keong Sari (written-batik) Jogja by wirtzliz flickr
Batik Sidomukti by eastjava.com flickr
Batik Sidomukti by eastjava.com flickr
Batik Sidomukti by eastjava.com flickr
Batik Sidomukti by eastjava.com flickr
Batik Tiga Negeri www.wikipedia.com
Batik Tiga Negeri www.wikipedia.com
Batik Lasem www.wikipedia.com
Batik Lasem www.wikipedia.com
Batik Jawa Hokokai www.wikipedia.com
Batik Jawa Hokokai www.wikipedia.com
Batik Buketan www.wikipedia.com
Batik Buketan www.wikipedia.com

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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

Great hub. I like Batik very much.


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank's sir, I love Batik too and start to love another Indonesian traditional cloths like Songket, Ulos, and Tenun Rote (Rote woven cloth) :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Very cool, colorful and beautiful. Thank you for the journey. I really enjoyed it.


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi James, Batik is wonderful and I love it so much. Many Asian traditional cloths have a colorful and beautiful design, could be from the nature. Thank's for your sweet comment.


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Very beautiful.


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank You Philipo.


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank You Philipo.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

this is great hub, i really like batiks and here in the US, I collected some of it, they usually sell it at Asian stores,


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia Author

Prettydarkhorse,

Thank you for loving batiks, have a nice day !


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Christa Dovel 6 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. I love the batik fabrics, and have bough one piece that I fell in love with, but have not figured out how to make it up yet. The dresses in these pictures are so different from anything I have seen before, I find them inspiring.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Christa Dovel, thank you for visiting. I'm so glad to find out that people outside my country really love my traditional fabrics. This really make me love Batik more.

We used to wear Batik in official occasions, but now Indonesian women used to wear Batik as daily outfit, you may make some gorgeous simple t shirt from the fabric and it looks great even if you just wear it with jeans.

Thank you for visiting!


abimanyu 6 years ago

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Fabien Lesbordes 6 years ago

Here are some pics from the 2010 Carnaval and fashion show

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Photographer-Purediv...

Fabien Lesbordes, photographer


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Bali Temples 5 years ago

Your hub is powerful! Is very usefull for me :)


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Interesting. An entire carnival for Batik- I can just imagine just how interesting it must be for the senses. Thanks for your nice collection of photos in this hub.

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