A beautiful fully hand made Batik from Pekalongan in Central Java. Tuli is the Indonesian word
used to describe a batik that is totally handmade by "kanting"
(pouring) the wax onto the material. It is not made by stamp or by
mechanically printing onto the material. This is the traditional and
most labour intensive way of making a batik.
Pekalongan is a famous batik centre on the north coast of Java where the Chinese first introduced synthetic dyes and floral motifs. A famous batik maker was Oey Soe Tjoen, from a small town south of Pekalongan, whosebusiness still exists, run by the next generation. This batik has a reproduction of a well known Oey Soe Tjoen design. It is not a genuine OST as that costs several hundred dollars and a six month wait for a new one and name your own price for an old one. It is just a really good copy of one. On bright white, it has the typical floral bouquet repeated with some birds and butterflies in multiple bright colours - red, green, blue, orange. It is in very good condition on good strong, soft cotton. there are some very small brown spots - see photos.
A Kain is a piece of material about 2 or a bit more metres in length. This one is 106cm high by 248cm long.