Indonesia is famous for its batik which is the art of coloring cloth using dyes and wax. The etymology of the word batik stems from the root word tik which means to dot – and the craft originated in Java. Batik is worn for many special occasions and daily activities too. Here, Little Steps recommends the top spots to shop for batik.
Alleira Batik - which draws its name from the English word Alluring, produces unique, modern and high quality Indonesian Batik. The shop showcases collections which prioritize comfort for both men and women and they have made great strides on the international stage. They feature styles which can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Alleira Batik, Plaza Indonesia, Jl. MH Thamrin Kav 28-30, Shop Unit No 064-065, Level 3, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 21 29923738, www.alleirabatik.com
When it comes to Indonesian traditional clothing, batik and handicrafts, Batik Keris is a good go-to spot as it stocks patterns which range from the traditional to the contemporary. They use cotton fabrics and high end silk. Conveniently, they have shops dotted around Jakarta. They additionally have fabrics which are great for kids.
Batik Keris, Grand City, Lt.2, Unit 17-18, JL, Gubeng Pojok, No.1 60272, Indonesia, +62 3152405910, www.batikkeris.co.id
Batik Danar Hadi creates elegant designs, combining traditional art with stylish fashion wear. They have some extraordinary collections and their popular brands include Danar Hadi, Danar by Danar Hadi, Danah Hadi Exclusive, Danar Hadi Regular, Danar Hadi for kids and the newest line which is designed with the young and active in mind. They also distribute through Sogo, Seibu and Seiyu.
Danar Hadi, Jl. Melawai Raya No. 69 – 70, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta,+62 21 7237659, www.danarhadibatik.com
Through distinctive designs, Bateeq attempts to use batik motifs to reflect assertiveness and strength in women today. They mix traditional batik motifs and contemporary designs and can customize patterns according to your needs. Some of their collection is inspired by Truntum batik from Central Java, which features small flower motifs. They are conveniently located all across Indonesia and have 28 stores.
Bateeq, Pacific Place, SCBD Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 52 – 53, South Jakarta, Level 2, unit 48, +62 21 29035922, www.bateeq.com
Iwan Tirta's private collection was set up by the late Iwan Tirta - a maestro of high-end batiks, silver art, ceramic works and other art collections. He is one of Indonesia’s most celebrated batik artists and designers and his collection consists of mainly exclusive hand-made batiks which utilizes superfine cotton and silk, organza and linen.
Iwan Tirta Batik, Pacific Place, SCBD Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 52 – 53, South Jakarta, Level 1 Unit 62, +62 21 57973551, http://iwantirtabatik.com/
Batik Semar is a well known batik company in Indonesia and its production unit consists of printing and garment factories, hand-made batik and stamped batik factories. With 40 retail outlets and more than 150 stores all over Indonesia, Batik Semar is easily accessible all over Indonesia.
Batik Semar, Jl. Tomang Raya No. 54, West Jakarta, +6221 5667568, http://www.batik-semar.com/
Designed with kids in mind, Embun Kids, produces collections for children between 3-8 years old. They use Indonesian traditional fabrics such as batik, ikat, songket, tritik, combined with modern cottons to produce contemporary designs and can customize orders depending on your needs. They are happy to recommend the most flattering colors and styles, and will on occasion take orders for adults too.
Embun Kids, +62811804755, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://embunkids.weebly.com