Preserving Indigenous Cultures
Each SukkhaCitta piece is crafted by hand. Using traditional craftsmanship passed down through generations.
Unable to earn a living, artisans in villages across Indonesia are forced to abandon their craft.
Through access to education and living wages, we are giving women back the choice to continue their tradition.
Ensuring that craftswomen not only survive, but thrive. As protectors of their land.
In our craft schools, older master artisans become mentors to the young apprentices.
Keeping their oral history from disappearing.
Behind the Craft
Each line, flowers, down to the smallest dots on your most meaningful piece is drawn by mothers, not machines.
Using the heritage craft of Batik: An ancient wax-resist craft that flourished on the islands of Indonesia.
A time-consuming labor of love, Batik is celebrated for its spiritual dimensions in addition to its one-of-a-kind beauty and ability to convey meaning through generations.
The 8 Steps of Batik
Historically, fabrics were used as a means of storytelling. That’s why each of our collections have intentions behind it. Like a prayer or reminder of the values you wish to wear that day.
Starting with a piece of white cloth, the motif is first drawn using a pencil as guiding lines.
(3/8) Preparing the Wax
Meanwhile, a special kind of wax is heated on a small stove. Its composition varies from village to village. Ours is made from beeswax, pine gum and paraffin.
The wax is heated on a small stove and applied on the cloth using a tjanting. Each line becomes a meditation.
(5/8) Natural dyeing
During the dyeing process, the wax protects the covered areas and preserves the textile’s background color.
(6/8) Color fixation
To ensure the longevity of the plant-dyes, a post-dye mordant is applied to lock in the colors. We use lime and vinegar for Indigo (blue) and Symplocos leaves for reds.
(7/8) Wax Removal
The motif is finally revealed by boiling the fabric, returning the wax into its liquid state and removing it.
The fabric is now hung for 100 hours to ensure its color fastness. Afterwards, they are shipped to Rumah SukkhaCitta in Tegal Kertha village to be stitched into your most meaningful clothes.
Types of Batik
This is the finest type of Batik. The motif is drawn by hand, the hot wax is applied using a small pen called ‘tjanting’. A real Batik Tulis piece take months to make and is individually unique as each bears the handwriting of the woman who made it.
Here, the hot wax is applied using a copper stamp. Due to the fast and heavy nature of the work, most Batik Tjap is made by men. As the process is a lot faster and standardized, 1 artisan can create up to 20 fabrics a day.
Due to the rise of demand, today traditional textiles are mass produced in thousands through digital and screenprinting.
Printed at a fraction of the cost, these fabrics appropriate traditional motifs while pressing artisans out of the market as their hands are unable to compete with machines.