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“Batik in Javanese History”

Museum Batik Danar Hadi
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Solo
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Owner description: The House of Danar Hadi proudly unveils an Integrated Culture Heritage Complex that is destined to become a tourist attraction for the city of Surakarta. It has been founded to preserve and advance the art of batik in Indonesia as part of the national cultural legancy. This integrated tourism center will enhance the attractions to be found in the Central Javanese city, with visitors able to enjoy once again the heritage building nDalem Wuryoningratan, build in the late 19th century and painstakingly restored to its original grandeur by House of Danar Hadi.The Complex will be an arena to witness the development of batik in Indonesia, the process of creating this precious textile and its emergence as part of the contemporary lifestyle. This homage to the history and glory of batik will be found at the nDalem Wuryoningratan, Danar Hadi Batik Museum, Danar Hadi Traditional Batik Showroom and Souvenir and Lounge.
Reviewed January 1, 2013

You may think that you owned a batik clothes while its actually just a printed batik motif clothes. From the explanation of the actual ancient batik making process, you going to see that the price cannot be so cheap after all.

The overwhelming number of batik motif on the market may also blinds us of the batik history itself, because it has so many influences. Javanese kingdoms descendant of Mataram may claims they are the art center of batik; however the rivalry between the Yogyakarta and Surakarta has made a complex variation of batik motif.

Thus the existence of Danarhadi batik museum (with its knowledgeable tour guide) has enlightened me on pieces of this history. However, no picture taking allowed. Mamamia.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I knew how to make batik from my elementary school. But I didn't know that to get 3 color batik, it is required to be 8 steps to be processed.
In this museum I learn how to process the tedious processes which can take minimum 3 months up to 1 year to make batik. Batik means the gray fabric should be covered by wax called batik which either printed by hand or drawing by hand and was dyed in one color, afterthat it will be waxed again and other part will be dyed, so at the end it will be takes 8 times to process to get the good quality batik.

In the museum I can find the various styles of batik in Indonesia which mainly from Jawa and Sumatera which have been developed by many artists since beginning 1900 both from local Indonesian and also Dutchman. I can understand how the chinese influence the batik's color and styles especially in the north part of Jawa.

You can find about 800 pieces batik of Danar Hadi's family and it take about 1 1/2 hour to go through all including see the workshop of Danar Hadi.

The guide explained with patient and relax to answer the question that we had.

Overall I appreciate why batik will be more expensive that a printed cloth.

Thank Sutjipto
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Simply great, must visit. They have plenty valueables batik collection from ancient times as early as year 1900 or earlier. Amazing collection to understand the difference of batik designs, history of colonialization, etc. They have batik production in the back of the museum and you can take photos there. Hundreds of people is working there. it was a great experience.. the guided tour cost 25 KIDR for domestic tourists

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

A small museum with the attached batik factory (also open for visitors) run by one of the biggest, if not the biggest batik producers in the country. A big collection of batik and excellent guide (English speaking). You will learn the history of batik as well as the meaning of the key patterns. The way of batik production will be presented to you in the factory attached to the museum (or actually other way: this is museum attached to the factory). Definitely worth of visiting!

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Unfortunately our visit was seriously impaired by the staff in the museum. After visiting numerous Batik producing and exhibiting places we were looking really forward to visit Danar Hadi. While we were welcomed anywhere else in the warmest and most courteous manner, the staff at Danar Hadi gave us a cold, uninterested and downright arrogant welcome. It is truly pitiful that such a splendid collection is presented by the most unhelpful and unfriendly staff we have encountered during our 3-week stay in Yogyakarta and Solo.

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