History Of Batik Tasik

Batik is a traditional clothes from Indonesia. Because of its uniqueness, nowadays batik is very popular not only in Indonesia but also in abroad. There is so many literature tell us about the Creation of batik. But the most popular story about batik, started from Majapahit Kingdom era in 18th century, Majapahit was a great kingdom an well developed country at that time. In the beginning batik was a clothes used by king and people affiliated with kingdom. From that, slow but sure, making batik become tradition, the tradition growth and spread throughout Java. Until today, batik is not only used by kingdom’s family but also all peoples in this country.

Batik Tasik began from people who have ability making a batik immigrated to east priangan such as Ciamis, Cirebon, and Tasikmalaya. Acculturation between immigrant’s skill, and local wisdom and tradition in East Priangan create new unique genre motif. One of the most popular and the oldest is “Batik Sukapuraan”, its taken from the name in one region in tasikmalaya, Sukapura. Other region in Tasik known as batik produsesn in Ciroyom, Manonjaya, Mangunreja, etc.

Batik Tasik had reach their heyday in 1950 until 1960, with the role of “Koperasi Mitra Batik” establish in 1939. Today its no longer exist, but as an honour the name used as a region in there.

After that age, batik Tasik enter their sunset. Cause of printed fabrics. Its offer cheaper price and can produce so many as request. Hand made vs machinery production.

Until around year 2000, batik tasik start to reborn. Initiated by people in Cigeureung, Ciroyom and Sukapura. Gradually introduce batik tasik motif to people in this country.

Lets talk about the Batik Tasik motif. Its represent the people village activity, most of them work as farmer and stockbreeder. so that, what they see in rice field, fish pond, and village, poured in white blank fabrics, become the Batik motif. Some of the famous motif are “awi ngarambat” (boscage tree), “Merak Ngibing” (The Dancing Peacock), “keong Emas” (snails), “Awur Beas” (Poured Rice), “Gurame” (Gurami Fish), etc.

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