POPULO.

 

 

A Contemporary Fashion Collection preserving the art of indonesian batik craftsmanship. POPULO Batik adresses itself to anyone who loves traditional handcrafted workmanship. Our individual products are limited by its handmade manufacturing processes and no mass market products. We work together with small workshops in Indonesia and it is important for us that during the production process we can maintain the most sustainable, fair and eco-friendly supply chain possible.


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POPULO Batik adresses itself to anyone who loves traditional handcrafted workmanship. Our individual products are limited by its handmade manufacturing processes and no mass market products. We work together with small workshops in Indonesia and it is important for us that during the production process we can maintain the most sustainable, fair and eco-friendly supply chain possible.

Indonesian Batik has been designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of oral and Intangible heritage of humanity on 2 October 2009. As part of the agreement, UNESCO inisisted that the country preserve their heritage.

 Batik is a cloth that is traditionally made by manual wax resist dying technique. Wax resist dyeing technique in fabric is an ancient art which existed in Indonesia since the 6th - 7th century. Other records even believe that it is a native tradition first developed in remote islands around the archipelago.

 In Indonesia there are two techniques to apply wax on the cloth:

 1) Hand drawn "Batik Tulis"

"Tulis" means writing and therefore the technique of "Batik Tulis" refers to the process to apply wax on the cloth by hand drawing. This is the most ancient technique which usually is done by women. It requires a great artistique sense and care. The wax is applied by a pen like tool called "Canting" and is very time-consuming.

 2) Hand stamped "Batik Cap"

"Cap" means stamped and therefore the technique of "Batik Cap" refers to the process to apply wax on the cloth by putting it onto pre-carved wooden or copper blocks before stamping the fabric. Handstamped Batik was developed by the Javanese in the early 20th century and revolutionized batik production. By block printing - usually done by man - the wax onto the fabric, it became possible to mass-produce Batik much faster and in bigger quantities than by the "Batik Tulis" technique.

 


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