Tohpati Batik Art Village is just about 12 kilometers from Kuta, and famous for Bali's Batik Wand Weaving Center. Batik is a traditional form of painting fabric. They painstakingly use dots and lines from wax to decorate the cloth. It is very impressive to watch. It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia and not be exposed to one of the country's most highly developed art forms, batik.Tohpati Village is a batik home industry, you will undoubtedly experience an overwhelming stimulation of the senses – due to the many colors, patterns and the actual smell of batik. Only through repeated visits and a bit of study will the types of designs and their origins become apparent. An unforgettable experience on a vacation in Bali by seeing one of the traditional Indonesian clothing manufactures called "Batik" on the island of Bali, besides seeing batik making you can also see the batik collections here and even buy them if you are interested
Before starting the reading, it's better if you know what Batik is, so that the flow of this page becomes easy for readers to digest and understand. Batik is one of the typical arts belonging to Indonesia in the form of illustrated cloth with a very traditional manufacturing process and requires high accuracy by drawing cloth with certain patterns and designs using ink. The lines and curves of the colors are so dazzling. This batik has also been designated by Unesco as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity which was set on 02nd October 2009, and since that day, it has also been designated as a national batik day on that date. A very beautiful cultural heritage, and to maintain and preserve this culture, the government enforces certain days where government employees wear batik when on duty, a good step in preserving cultural heritage and as a reminder for generations that Indonesia has a very rich cultural heritage. very beautiful
Batik is one of the techniques of dyeing cloth using wax. It is an ancient form of craft that was discovered in the 4th century BC in Egypt where mummy wrapping cloth was also coated with wax or wax to form a pattern. In Asia a similar technique was also found in China during the Tang dynasty (6180907) as well as in the Inid and Japan during the Nara Period (645-794), in Africa a technique similar to batik was also known by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. And in Indonesia batik is believed to have been found since the Majapahit era and became very popular at the end of the XVII century or the beginning of the XIX century, batik produced during the Majapahit era was written batik until the early twentieth century and stamped batik was only known after World War 1 or around 1920. Although the word batik comes from Indonesian Java, but the presence of batik is not recorded, G.P Rouffer argues that the batik technique was probably introduced from India or Sri Lanka in the 6th and 7th centuries, but another opinion says that J.L.A Brandes and F.A Sutjipti believe that the tradition of batik technique is native to the Toraja area, Flores, Halmahera and Papua because these areas are not areas influenced by Hinduism but are known to have ancient traditions in batik making
The oldest batik art found in Indonesia was in the 17th and 18th centuries during the reign of the Majapahit kingdom, which at that time batik was only used by the people of the palace and their followers, over time this batik art spread outside the kingdom and become clothes that are also worn by the general public. Actually the motif of this batik is not only found on the cloth used as clothing, but the motif is also found in the reliefs of the Prambanan temple and Borobudur temple which can be concluded that batik actually already exists in Indonesia and does not originate from India, although with these findings it cannot be stated accurately the origins of batik techniques in Indonesia, whether the original Indonesian crafts in ancient times or from outsiders who introduced batik techniques in Indonesia, this is still a question mark, pending the results of research that can prove the origin of batik in Indonesia.
As for the types - the types of batik are very diverse and are the result of creations from the development of the era - to the era that makes the types of batik become very diverse at all. All these types of batik still retain the characteristics of the painting on the cloth which is one of the characteristics of the batik with carvings with patterns and colors that used to be only black and white and now can be colored because of the development of the era that makes dyes vary, in ancient times only know only a few colors are used. A work of art that is very beautiful and is a cultural heritage that will not be lost to the times, and is still preserved by batik artisans in Indonesia, as for the types of batik are:
The tools in making batik are very diverse and the materials used are also very diverse, as for making batik it is not so complicated the most difficult thing is painting it requires very good painting skills so that the resulting patterns are similar and this skill is really the same like painting painting skills, it takes very high patience, and very focused concentration, because if something goes wrong it can't be erased because once the ink is attached it will be permanent, if you make a mistake in painting you need to use new materials again to make from scratch. So do not be surprised if the price of this batik is very expensive. The tools and materials used in batik painting
The techniques for making batik in Indonesia are all the same, what distinguishes batik made in a region is the motif of the painting on batik, and the island of Bali has its own motif that distinguishes it from batik from outside the region. The development of Balinese batik is also very fast, this depends on the very high market demand for batik, where in Bali there is more demand for foreign markets, which many foreign tourists buy batik as Balinese souvenirs. At first the Balinese made batik in groups with patterns handed down by their ancestors or their own creations which made it one of the characteristics of their batik products. Previously, they still used the traditional written batik technique and this process was quite long and could not produce much and were overwhelmed in the face of very high market demand, Then in 1970 the stamp technique was introduced with traditional equipment by Pande Ketut Khrisna and since then Balinese batik is becoming more and more developed, and many entrepreneurs have also opened Balinese batik shops specifically for sale to tourists, while the location chosen is Tohpati village which is located on the main road to Ubud, and now this village know as the Tohpati Batik Art Village, so tourists who are going to Ubud can stop by this place. This is just to see the uniqueness of Batik craft in Bali
Batik as one of Indonesia's cultural heritages that still exists today and is preserved in each region, including Bali which preserves the art of Batik, what distinguishes Balinese batik from batik from outside the region is the image on the batik, where the image of Balinese batik has its own characteristics. which is different from a picture full of curves and very beautiful, and is not limited to just lines, floral motifs, but there are also motifs such as puppets and mythical animals. This beautiful process of painting batik uses a written batik technique which is known to have a very high level of difficulty and is also very complicated in designing a pattern on the fabric before proceeding with painting. There are several Balinese batik motifs that are characteristic of it
As for the village of Tohpati, which was the first to introduce the process of making batik in Bali, where in this village of Tohpati there used to be a shop that introduced batik making to foreign tourists, and because the response from tourists was very good about this batik craft, many entrepreneurs who opened a batik craft shop in Tohpati which made Tohpati the center of Batik art crafts, along this Tohpati village road, left and right you will see many batik art shops here. With very cheap prices and very good quality goods, this makes Tohpati village more and more famous for batik from year to year. If you are on vacation in Bali and ask where you can get batik, then the answer is Tohpati Village. This is a sign that the Tohpati village is already very famous for batik handicrafts, as for the batik craft here, what is available is written batik which is very difficult and very complicated to make, and here also accepts orders with certain patterns, here you can see the process of making batik from the beginning in detail. traditional and there are also written batik works on display in the gallery which are sold for tourists who want to buy Indonesian Balinese souvenirs, namely Batik clothes
The batik crafts found in the village of Tohpati Batik Art are very diverse, as you know that batik is an art craft that paints cloth with certain patterns that are very beautiful, and this batik cloth is not only made into clothes, but can be made into a variety of different works. you can use. As for what can be made from this batik material, such as batik shirts, batik bags, batik wallets and others. And in Tohpati, this batik art also accepts special orders using materials from batik. In addition, you can also see the typical Balinese motifs which are the characteristic batik of the island of Bali. If you are on vacation on the island of Bali and really like cultural tourism, it would be nice if you visit the village of Tohpati Batik Art and see a very beautiful cultural art with amazing skills, this very beautiful work makes it even more popular with foreign and domestic tourists.
The location of Tohpati Batik Art Village is close to Batubulan village, which is right before the Batubulan bus terminal, which is located on Tohpati Village, Batubulan District, Bali. If you depart from Kuta or Seminyak it will take about 45 minutes of travel time, if you want to explore on your own you can use the help of Google Maps to go to the location of this Tohpati Batik Art. And if you don't want to bother looking for the location of this place, you can use Bali Tour services, namely Hire Car and Driver at low and affordable prices and of course the services provided are very satisfying. With a very comfortable car and an experienced driver will make this trip very enjoyable. If you really like the art of cloth, then this batik art is the right choice because batik is the hallmark of art crafts in Indonesia.
The facilities in Tohpati Village are very complete, as one of the villages with batik culture tourism in Bali, if you go to Tohpati Village you can visit one of the batik arts here, while the facilities provided in most Tohpati Batik Art are very complete like places to see the process of making traditional batik, here you can see from the beginning of making batik which will be guided by a batik officer to explain you the process of making batik from start to finish, there is also a gallery which displays the results of written batik produced here in the form and the pattern is very artistic and will surely make you so fascinated and impressed by the uniqueness of this batik. It is a very impressive experience to see Indonesian cultural heritage that is included in Unesco as a cultural characteristic of Indonesia. If you go to Indonesia, then buy batik which is the hallmark of this cultural clothing in Indonesia.