Yogyakarta Designs

At the heart of the Indonesian Batik

Yogyakarta the capital city of the most powerful and respected Kingdom of Java, is also at the heart of the Batik art. All the old Traditions and customs are observed, as well as in Solo, and one can still find many symbols that are related to Hindu-Javanese culture.
The combination of motifs in Yogya batik is unique, and there is a tendency to combine a number of large geometric motifs.


Traditional motifs and colors used in the Yogyakarta design.

The Grompol motif is a distinctively Yogya design customarily used for wedding ceremonies. Grompol, which means "gather together" symbolizes the coming together of all goods things, such as luck, happiness, children, and harmonious married life.

Batik Grompol design
Grompol design from Yogyakarta

The Nitik motif is found in great numbers in this area. During a colonial annual fair (Jaarbeurs) during the Dutch period, a batik producer gave the name Nitik Jaarbeurs to a motif which received an award.

Batik Nitik Batik Nitik Brendi
Nitik Sekar Tenjung motif
Nitik Brendi motif

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