- Title: INDONESIA: Indonesian batik workshop hopes to cash in on World Cup fever.
- Date: 28th June 2010
- Summary: SEMBUNGAN VILLAGE, KULONPROGO DISTRICT, YOGYAKARTA PROVINCE, INDONESIA (JUNE 23, 2010) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF BATIK WORKSHOP SIGN READING "SEMBUNG BATIK" WORKSHOP WORKERS APPLYING WAX OUTLINING PATTERN HOT WAX IN PAN A WORKER OUTLINING PATTERN MORE OF WORKER AT WORKSHOP (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) BATIK WORKSHOP OWNER, MARTINI, SAYING: "It has become a trend. My husband is a big fan of football and he is also a batik artist. So we are trying to benefit from the event." WORKER DRAWING 'CONFEDERATION AFRICAN OF FOOTBALL' WITH HOT WAX ON CLOTH VARIOUS OF WORKERS APPLYING WAX TO FOOTBALL BATIK WORKER'S FACE BATIK BEING PUT IN HOT WATER TO REMOVE WAX VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS LOOKING AT BATIKS ON DISPLAY VARIOUS OF WORLD CUP BATIK SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) CUSTOMER, DIAH LESTARI, SAYING: "The good thing about batik is you can draw anything. People can draw anything related to events and now they have tried the World Cup theme." (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) CUSTOMER, BAMBANG SUPRIYADI, SAYING: "I like the traditional patterns. I am not interested in football batik." MORE OF BATIK ON DISPLAY
- Embargoed: 13th July 2010 13:00
- Location: Indonesia
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz,Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA8DMQR4REHXS1S8JBKYJIW6S7P
- Story Text: Football fever is running high in an Indonesian village where traditional "batik" fabric makers have incorporated the World Cup theme into their works.
Indonesia's national football team didn't qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, but soccer fever is gripping the Southeastern country, with makers of the traditional "batik" (pronounced "ba-TEEK) cloth marking the sporting event in their own way.
Martini and her husband, owners of Sembung Batik Workshop in Yogjakarta, have created a new line of soccer-themed batik.
Workers are producing the cloth painted with soccer balls and FIFA-logo inspired designs, using the centuries-old, wax-resist dyeing technique.
"It has become a trend. My husband is a big fan of football and he is also a batik artist. So we are trying to benefit from the event," said Martini.
The football batik costs 100,000 rupiah ( 11 US dollars ).
It is sold only at the workshop and since last month, Martini says she has sold 400 pieces.
Batik, the traditional art of colouring cloth using wax and dyes, derives its name from the Javanese word "titik," which means "dot."
Wax is applied to the white cloth before it is dipped into dye. Wherever the wax has permeated through the fabric, it will remain white. Some of the wax is removed for the next round of dyeing and the already-dyed segments are re-waxed. The process is continued until the pattern is complete.
Yogyakarta is known as the centre of Indonesia's handicraft industry.
Local tourists are intrigued by the World Cup designs.
"The good thing about batik is you can draw anything. People can draw anything related to events and now they have tried the World Cup theme," said Diah Lestari, who bought a piece of the football-motif batik for her son.
But not all were impressed.
"I like the traditional patterns. I am not interested in football batik," said another customer, Bambang Supriyadi.
South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela was known for his colourful batik wardrobe, which he wore for both formal and informal occasions.
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