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Natural Dyes

"Natural dyes for textiles are generally obtained from extracts. The extracts come from various parts of plants such as roots, wood, leaves, seeds, or flowers. "

We want to take a step back and revert back to the traditional ways by using natural dyes. With proper handling, natural dye will not contribute to any of the water pollution already happening in rural areas in Indonesia. The use of local source for natural dye baths also creates a safe space for batik artisans to work.

Jolawe natural dye batik indonesia
Terminalia Belirica 
'Jolawe Fruit'


All about natural dyes are a courtesy from Nidiya Kusmaya Reasearch Lab

Nidiya Kusmaya​​ is a textile artist and researcher who works in a variety of textile materials and natural dyeing methods that could be applied to various art installations and products.

She travels a lot to some rural areas and Islands in Indonesia to educate and teach the craft people to explore new possibilities of natural dyeing for textile.








Asian Textile Studies

To create a community engaged in conscious consumption by creating a deep, story-based connection between Indonesian batik including the legends and folklore behind the motifs.

To empower local Indonesian artisans to preserve sustainable and environmentally-safe traditional practices by creating an international demand for organic, natural production.

Behind The Batik Library

Bernarda Antony

Bernarda Antony

Bernarda Antony has worked with Indonesian batik since her first collection. Through these traditional motifs, she incorporates legends and folklore into her elegant designs and maintains a connection to her home.

Nasta & Joko

Nasta & Joko

Ulur Wiji aspire to show local products from Indonesia have high value, ethically made and eco-friendly fashion, arts and cultural heritage. We care about empowerment of local wisdom.