Do u love wearing a batik?.Indonesia traditional motif applied in. A Batik is one kind of fabrics ; if you love wearing a Batik, you must visit Solo, Central Java, Indonesia someday. However, Solo is very popular for its Batik fabric. Some places in Solo produce Batik either tulis (hand drawn) or stamped.

There lies a big Batik market in Solo namely Klewer Market (Pasar Klewer). Klewer market is one of the traditional markets in Solo. Although it is a traditional market, it is the biggest Batik market in Solo. In fact, it is not only as the biggest Batik market in Solo but also as the biggest Batik market in Indonesia.  This market is quite old. It is established in 1970.

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Originally, the market is called trumpet Market. was once widely seen carrying batik traders berkleweran (berjuntaian) to the floor.

As the biggest Batik market in Indonesia, Klewer market is expanding well until now. Klewer Market is located in Jalan DR. Rajiman, Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia. It is in north Alun-Alun Complex or west of Kasunan Surakarta Royal Palace (Keraton Kasunanan) across Surakarta Great Mosque (Mesjid Agung Surakarta).

The proximity to Kasunanan Palace makes several parts of Klewer market still look ancient maintaining its original architecture influenced by the old Palace architecture.

Since it is the biggest Batik market, Klewer market offers retail as well as wholesale buying. Wholesale buyer will get a special cheaper price. Batik being offered here is ranging from $8 or more for batik cap (stamped batik) cotton shirt to more than $100 for silk batik tulis (written batik). Usually, the price is negotiable.

Bargaining is very important to get good cheaper price in this market. Therefore, you always need to bargain first. Eventhough the price is negotiable and cheaper than those in the boutiques it does not mean the quality is not good. Various kinds and designs of batik clothes can be found in the first floor of this market such as kebaya (Javanese traditional woman cloth), formal clothes, Batik shirts, Batik skirts, Batik pants, house dresses, beautiful blouses and kids clothes.

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Walking from one block to another block, you also can find Batik collections produced by other regions such as batik collections from Banyumas, Pekalongan, Madura, and Yogyakarta, even some from china.

Something interesting in this market is that Batik is not only kind of fabric being sold here but also other kind of traditional fabrics such as lurik (hand-woven striped cotton cloth) and tenun ikat.

Going to the second floor, you will find various kinds of textiles from school uniform, shirt, skirt, woman clothes, jacket, ties, cotton fabric, and silk. If you prefer to buy fabric than finished clothes, there are plenty of tailors in this market who ready to sew the fabric you bought into your intended cloth in less than a day.

Klewer market is attracting both domestic and foreign tourists not only for tourists who want to make a trip in this tourist site and travelers who love to shop but also for resellers from other regions such as Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, and Jakarta who come to  buy in a big scale. We can take a walk around dozens of shops here.

Hundreds of shops jammed along narrow passageways and the crowd of merchants and shoppers in the small alleyways along with the colorful fabrics is an attraction by itself. Klewer market is always crowded everyday. Besides selling clothes and fabric, some sellers in this market offer handicrafts such as potter and blangkon (traditional hat).

The unique thing is that we can find sellers of souvenirs and art objects such as traditional local jewelry made by wood in a Batik motif, leather puppets, leather paintings, basketry, tortoise-shell accessoris, trinkets, brassware, and other decorative items. Brassware and various Batik bag are other items you can find.

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Outside the market are available fruit stalls and food stalls offering some traditional food from Solo like Intip (dried rice), Serabi (rice flour pancake), jenang, and Brem Solo (introxicating beverage made of fermented rice or tapioca). Those traditional foods are very popular as a hand giving for friend and family at home.

Nearby the market, you will find many non Batik clothes stores and food stalls. It is interesting experience to try some Solo food when you are spending your time in this city. Tengkleng (soup of lamb head), timlo rice, soto solo, nasi liwet, nasi pecel, dawet, and gempo ice are some foods you can find in some food stalls.

 

Tips to maintain your batik quality:

To maintain and take care the quality of your batik, there are some tips for you:

  • Do not washyour batik by washing-machine and detergent. Wash it with your hands, use either shampoo dissolved with water or body-soap.
  • Dry it under the shade. Do not dry under the direct sun light. Let it dry naturally.
  • Foil your batik with another cloth before ironing. Avoid the direct heat from the iron.
  • Avoid spraying cloth fragrance, softener, or perfume directly on the batik.

 

read also :

Kauman Batik Village, Solo Heritage

The Art of Batik