Kampung Kauman: the charming, old batik production center in Solo

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Jakarta, IO – Solo is rich in culture and has a unique allure. Not surprisingly, the Central Java city has become a destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike.

According to pariwisataindonesia.id, Monday (13/3), Kauman Batik Village is one of the must-visit charming places in Solo. As the name suggests, this village is the hub of batik production. As was widely reported, Indonesian batik was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2009, and has been internationally recognized as an historical fabric of human civilization.

Since 2006, Kauman has officially become a batik tourism village in Solo. It offers many attractions for tourists including batik workshops, training center, research and development center and a museum.

Kampung Kauman is also known as the oldest batik center in Solo because it was at this location that jlamprang batik was first invented. This type of batik has a combination of Arabic and Indian motifs and encim batik influenced by Chinese culture.

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Store atmosphere in Kampung Batik Kauman, Solo. (IO/RA)

The locals here have engaged in batik production since the early 1900s. According to historians, Kampung Batik Kauman was once a residence of the courtiers of the Kasunanan Palace who maintained the batik-making traditions.

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The place is very easy to access because it is located right in the middle of the city between Pasar Klewer and Surakarta Palace. Signposts have also been installed in many places so there is little chance that one will miss it. (un)