The History of Indigo Batik Motifs and Explanations

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History of Indigo Batik

Various kinds of natural colored batik motifs such as indigofera tinctoria or in our language called indigo blue which is now used as an organic dye in the process of making indigo batik because it wants to accentuate the impression of a strong, shady blue color and many people say that this color is a representation of the indigo color. . The color obtained through the fermentation process of tilapia or tarum leaves for a certain time. This plant is less well known as a blue dye that comes from nature, but please note that the natural blue color of Indigofera tinctoria is strongly attached to the batik cloth so that the color resistance cannot be doubted. The method of coloring using natural dyes has always been maintained by traditional craftsmen to maintain the noble tradition of batik, also because of the better color resistance to other chemicals such as acidic detergents or due to long-term exposure to sunlight.

If we trace the history of indigo batik around 2500 years BC, indigo blue was used to color the clothes of kings or emperors or princes to show their power, leadership, loyalty, and wisdom. Since ancient times, the people of the island of Java have also known and always used dyes that come from nature with the aim that a work of art in the form of indigo batik cloth blends the philosophy contained in the batik motif with nature. Several types of colors from natural dyes such as pareanom are color synergy between yellow and green, Bangun Tulak (blue-white), Coconut Sugar (red-white), and Banteng Ketaton (red-black).

batik indigo
batik indigo

Indigo Batik Motif

Indigo batik motifs still follow the existing batik motifs, the term indigo batik itself is actually more of a coloring method that uses natural dyes, namely indigofera tinctoria. Indigo batik motifs that have been poured into batik cloth such as machete motifs, truntum, sidomukti, and several other types of ancient batik.

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batik indigo kauffman

Indigo Batik Pictures

As you can see above the picture of indigo batik tulis that we got from the one in the bibliography shows that the batik motif still refers to the classical motifs that exist today and does not yet have the typical batik motif of this indigo dye. A little suggestion if you can make a new motif that represents the indigo or indigo plant. If the model of batik clothes from indigo batik itself is very contemporary, it is very suitable to be a reference for fashionistas in adding insight into contemporary indigo batik clothes.

Indigo Batik Bibliography

  • Widiyanto, Danar. Batik Indigo, Emas Biru Indonesia. 2014. KRJogja, online: accessed Januari 5, 2016
  • Galeri Indigo Batik Fans Page: accessed Januari 5, 2016
  • P. Kaufmann Batik Indigo Fabric. Online: accessed Januari 5, 2016