Batik crafter Imaroh works on a design in Imogiri, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She has been making batik since she was 10 years old. Photo: Hendra Nurdiyansyah

Hand-made batik artisans in Indonesia preserve tradition and teach tourists their cloth-making secrets

  • Women hand-draw on white cloth motifs passed down for centuries from the royal court of Yogyakarta, using hot wax to sketch patterns with scenes of nature
  • Inscribed on the Unesco list of intangible cultural heritage, batik making is taught to villagers in childhood, and now also to local and foreign visitors
Topic |   Asia travel
Batik crafter Imaroh works on a design in Imogiri, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She has been making batik since she was 10 years old. Photo: Hendra Nurdiyansyah
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