I love to travel to Central of Java province, one of the city I and my family admire is Pekalongan with its colonial heritage architecture that blend with its specific Javanese art and Culture ambiance, I can stay there sometime just to observe and discover new enjoyment around the city .
Being far from hustle & bustle of the big city, actually Pekalongan has not much to offer instantly to tourist in general, only a few tourist that was well informed about Javanese hystorical culture will be automatically find their way to admire objects that reminds Pekalongan as a hystorical Fishing Port, an ancient plantation/ agriculture belt and has Batik handicraft background that well known in South East Asia region, even before the Dutch colonialism era. That’s what we find why this city is so special.
Recently, Government of Pekalongan built the most ambitious and modern Batik show room in Jl. Achmad Yani, Wiradesa, a one storey Javanese architecture building with typical Javanese roof called IBC (International Batik Center) to attract visitation and business contact between local Batik trader with international alienated business. This Batik Center besides its main function as the show case of Pekalongan’s Batik also as a museum of old and antique Batik, and has its own management team that guides visitors , give as much information and provides also facilities such as business center, ATM center, function room, even café (in their planning),
Most of the renown Batik industry are open their representative in here, we will find beautiful selection but means also a little bit pricy.
Still there are lots of alternative shops out of concentrated market, and we can find Batik maker that still open their own shops in their private property. Namely, I find one Batik boutique nestled in a colonial big house (Batik Diana- Jl. Patiunus) that has anything we hope for a Batik product, a cheerful colored and delicate design , bargainable and with lots of discounted price. It is always fun to Batik hunting in Pekalongan.
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