Striated Batik

Batik also has striated motif which is made in a special way, weaving.

Striated batik, well known as a weaving traditional fabric, especially in Yogyakarta and Solo. This motif has its own historical story, but there are just few people who still aware about this kind of motif.

Again, not as written batik which is usually made for King’s family, striated batik is used for common people. The traditional motif has just striated pattern without any other patterns. This batik called as “batik lurik” in Indonesian. The characteristic of this fabric is more last longer than written batik, and more longer you use this, it will be softer and more comfortable.


Striated batik is very difficult and complicated to be made. Not as written batik, this fabric is made by weaving yarns using loom. Striated batik has some steps to make it into a ready-to-use fabric.


  • Coloring the yarn 

The yarns are soaked into coloring water. Not as written batik, the striated batik motif is made by combining and weaving the yarns. So, to get the wanted motif, the color of the yarns list is made and then yarns soaked into the coloring waters to get the complete color of the yarns.


  • Spinning the yarns


After coloring the yarns, all of the yarns spins to make the weaving process easier. The small ball of spinning yarn is called “kelos” or “palet”.



  • “Sekir” or arranging yarns to make motif

This is the most difficult step. Sekir is arranging yarns to make motif. Penyekir (man/ woman who has duty to do this step) must arrange 2100 small yarns to make a motif in 70 cm fabric. A motif of striated batik has its own way in arranging the yarns. Every motif has specific pattern to arrange the  yarns. In a  piece of fabric, there will be some into tens motifs. Penyekir must know about this motifs and patterns, for both traditional or modern motifs.



  • “Nyucuk” or placing the design into the looms

The yarns will be placed into a looms. So, the 2100 yarns which have been in Sekir process, one by one must be placed into a tool like a broom in the looms.  This process must be done by two persons, one must choose the yarns at Sekir process, and the others partner must place it in the looms.


  •  Weaving the yarns

The last process, the yarns weave using a traditional looms to be a beautiful fabric.





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