Batik Motif Directory

Much like The Batik Library believes in preserving batik through storytelling, in an interview with Indonesia Design, Zahir says, “By sharing, we have protected this natural dyeing technique.” Dyed using 100% natural, chemical-free indigo, each piece is a unique hand-made piece featuring the intricate pattern of batik Tanahan.

Of the many batik styles and stories embedded in each motif, none is known more for its illustriousness and prestige than Parang. Though this batik motif is worn outside the royal courts today, it still carries the reputation and cosmic wisdom embedded in its design. Here are some types of batik parang and the symbolism and stories behind them.

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The Batik designation was created in Java island since 8C. Based on the book of Old Javanese Kakawin Ramayana, Batik comes from the word ‘tika’ that means sacred painting. Batik is also created by Javanese words ‘amba’ that means wide and ‘titik’ that means create dots to form lines.

Nyanting that is also called nglengreng is a process of creating pattern on a piece of linen cloth using a hot-melted wax poured through a small spout called Canting. The wax-patterned cloth, then will be coloured by soaking it in a barrel of natural dye solution. The dye usually comes from fermentation process of various local plants.