Create your own perfect Imogiri Batik souvenir.


Yogyakarta is known as one of the places with the most batik artisans, while Imogiri is one of the Yogyakarta districts well-known for tourist attractions such as the Tomb of the Kings, the pine forest area, and the Mangunan fruit orchard.

Imogiri also has an intriguing batik hamlet to explore, namely Kampung Batik Giriloyo (Giriloyo Batik Village). It is part of the Giriloyo Batik Community, which comprises 12 groups of craftsmen from Giriloyo, Cengkehan, and Karang Kulon. Tourists would come to the town to shop and learn about the technique of batik.

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Giriloyo Village in Bantul Regency is one of the several batik villages that may be visited to learn batik while having a relaxing holiday in the countryside.

More than 500 women work as batik craftsmen in the batik hamlet. They also show visitors how to manufacture hand-drawn batik from time to time. If you ever have the chance to visit Imogiri, we think we know the perfect souvenir you should consider for friends and family.

The mesmerizing craft

When you visit Giriloyo Batik Village, you might notice that the entire batik manufacturing process is done by women. This is because the majority of the village's men work as laborers in the city or as courtiers at the Keraton (royal palace).

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The production of traditional written batik, typical of the Keraton, is the village's distinguishing feature. The village's craftsmen have created the royal palace's signature batik from generation to generation, owing to the fact the community itself has been around since the 17th century during the reign of the Islamic kingdom of Mataram.

Interactions with courtiers and members of the Mataram Kingdom also contribute to the community's competence in batik. Locals were taught to make batik to assist the monarchy in producing them. At the time, batik was only utilized by the nobles and not by ordinary people.

You may get ready-made batik for Rp 300,000 to Rp 3 million in the village. If you're not there to shop, Giriloyo Batik Village also offers a batik learning program to tourists starting from Rp 250 thousand for five individuals or up to Rp 25 thousand per person for parties of up to 200 persons. Tourists can learn how to make the palace's traditional batik and acquire hands-on experience with the batik technique. 

Giriloyo Batik Village welcomes numerous researchers and tourists regularly. This community is also known for uplifting its people through batik while maintaining batik as the nation's tradition.

The batik-related activities have created several career options for everyone, especially its residents.

One of a kind batik

Each region of batik artisans has its qualities, ranging from the materials used to the designs and colors used, which makes batik so diverse.

Giriloyo batik is produced with primisima, the best sort of cotton. The craftsmen also manufacture all batik by hand and only specialize in written batik. No surprise, producing batik here takes a long time to maintain authenticity.

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The majority of the batik in this village is produced with subtle palace motifs. Brown is the dominant color, and the patterns include baboons, machetes, and megamendung. Natural substances such as teak leaves, turmeric, sappan, and bark are still used in batik dyeing. Although the color is less bright, it is more durable. 

The procedure of manufacturing batik, which is still practiced in Giriloyo Village, is rather complicated and necessitates patience and thoroughness. They rely on hand-made batik production.

Its characteristic places on a smooth yet neat hand-painting with its brown hue. The price of batik depends on the pattern, how long it takes to make, and how hard it is to make. The price will be higher if the task takes a long time and the motif is intricate.



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