Our community batik workshop is a chance to create your own batik designs. During the two hour class you’ll see how batik is created from the first stage of coming up with the design (and what the patterns mean), carefully adding the hot wax to the fabric, to the final product. It’s a slow process, but it’s a lot of fun. At the end of the class you can bring your batik home with you.
We run this activity with our local partner in a small village 15 minutes outside of Yogyakarta. It’s a community run project that gets local people engaged in tourism. The class lasts 2 hours. There’s always a teacher around to ask for help if you need it. The cost covers transport, materials and coffee and tea. Review the table below for more information about the Jogja Cycling Tour before making a booking.
– Arrive in Tembi village.
– Learn about Batik design and how it is produced.
– Create your own piece of Batik.
– Drop off at your hotel (if in pickup zone).
– English speaking instructor to guide you through the class.
– Tools and fabric to create batik.
– Free cups of tea and coffee during the lesson.
You’ll Always Remember
- Village life in a small Javanese village in the heart of the countryside.
- Learn about the history of Batik and meet people who create the beautiful fabrics.
- The frustration and satisfaction of creating your own piece of batik.
What to Expect
Our community batik workshop is held in the village of Tembeh. When you arrive you will be greeted by the batik teacher and offered a cup of tea or coffee. The Batik workshop starts with a brief history of batik and the symbolism of the images used in the design. This is a hands on event and examples of batik cloth are used to illustrate the different points.
After learning about the history of batik you are shown how batik is produced. The teacher takes you through the whole production cycle from drawing the initial design, applying the wax to fabric and finally process of dying and then drying the fabric. Once you have seen how batik is produced you finally get a chance to create your own piece of batik. This is the hardest and most fun part of the workshop.
The first stage is creating a design on tracing paper. Once you have a design you apply the wax to the fabric. Then you let the wax dry out, before finally applying the dye to your piece of fabric. The whole process takes up to 90-minutes. At the end of the batik workshop you will be given the piece of batik that you created. It’s a nice momento of the workshop. At the end of the tour you are dropped off back at your hotel in Yogyakarta.
If you’re a creative person then this traditional Jogja batik workshop will really interest you. You’ll see how batik is produced by home industries in the traditional way. It can be easily combined with the bicycle tour, which is held in the same village. We’ll offer you a discount if you book both activities. To book the Jogja Batik Workshop fill in the form below.