East Java is one of the provinces in Indonesia which is the center for producing batik. With a large area coverage and has several cities and districts that have their own characteristics and characteristics. This article will examine each city or district in East Java that is active in developing batik culture.
Batik Producing East Java Region
The first area which is most famous for producing batik in East Java is Madura. It is located at the easternmost tip of East Java and has strong cultural roots. As discussed in the previous article, Madura has the largest batik production capacity in the province.
Some of the famous batik motifs from Madura such as the Lancor Motif, Wood Fiber Motifs, Stone Fiber Motifs, and Keteran Eyes Motifs. Batik Madura has a special characteristic that lies in the pattern and color of the fabric which is known to be bright and bright, which is the characteristic of coastal batik (batik from the north coast of Java such as Batik Cirebon and Batik Pekalongan).
The next area to become one of the batik centers in East Java is Tulungagung. Tulungagung is one of the batik centers in East Java which has many motifs, estimated at around 100 motifs. Some Tulungagung motifs such as the Slope Bouquet Motif and the Gringsing Ceprik Bouquet.
The third area in East Java which is known for its motifs which are mostly depicted with flora and fauna is Batik Banyuwangi. Some of the famous motifs include, the Elephant Oling Motif.
This motif does not explicitly describe an elephant, but elephant means something big and Oling means remembering. Basically, it means that we always remember the Great or the Creator.
Some of the other original Banyuwangi motifs are also such as Paras Gempal Batik, Kangkung Setingkes Batik, Coffee Broken Batik, Manuk Kecaruk Batik, etc.
The next area in East Java which is also the center for producing batik is Tuban. Located on the North Coast of Java, it is characterized by bright and bright colors. Tuban is historically similar to Rembang, where there has been a lot of cultural acculturation with Chinese.
One of the famous Tuban Batik motifs is the Lok Chan Motif. At first glance, this batik motif is illustrated similar to the Hong Bird but with a slightly abstract image.
Long time ago when Chinese merchants came to Tuban, they introduced this Lokchan motif with silk cloth and predominantly blue colors. That’s because it means Lokchan itself, Lok means blue, and Chan means silk. Philosophically, Lokchan batik means virtue, immortality, and glorious achievements. Another motif from Tuban is also very popular, one of them, the Gedog Motif.