Something Orangerie

For these past two weeks there is a lot going on in my daily life which left me so little room to enjoy my me-time and do some blogging. To be able to still participate in Weekly Photo Challenge though, I decided to find theme-related images effortlessly. So I grab my mobile phone, and capture anything Orange that I could find in my surroundings. 

This one was taken this morning during my breakfast with kiddos and hubby.

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This was taken last Saturday on our way back home from Nijmegen city center. Excuse the little blurry part here and there, since it was taken from a moving vehicle (you see my boldness in the effort of capturing anything orange haha!)

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The last picture below is the highlight of my post today. This is what the Indonesian called, Batik Tiga Negeri.

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Batik is a method (originally used in Java) of producing coloured designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed (source: Google). For Indonesian, batik is a typical Javanese clothing or textile that nowadays has become a representation of Indonesian cultural heritage.

For many Batik lovers, Batik Tiga Negeri is bestowed as one of Batik’s masterpiece. The pattern shown in Batik Tiga Negeri represents three cultures that influence the characteristics of this particular batik; Tionghoa (Chinesse), Dutch, and Java. That’s why Batik Tiga Negeri consists of only three colors; Red, Blue, and Brownish Orange.

The most fascinating part of this batik is the story behind the making.

For one piece of this batik, it had to go through three different places for color processing. To get the optimal red coloring, the textile was brought to Lasem area (Central Java) where so many Chinese reside. For the blue color, the textile then was transported to Pekalongan area (also in Central Java), and finished in Solo to get the optimal color of brown Sogan that looks very much like orange.

Those three colors, with such a sophistical drawing, blend together so beautifully and in return resulting a piece of textile that is so highly wanted, highly praised, and high in price 😉

-Patricia-

Posted for WPC Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ryan says:

    Wow. Patricia. Love them all.

    The sky picture is awesome. Really awesome.

    And batik information… Love the way you introduce Indonesian Batik to international world.

    1. Ahhh thanks Ryan for your lovely comment… 🙂

  2. zilko says:

    The second picture is really cool!!

    1. Thanks Zilko… It’s taken only with a mobile phone… I guess mother nature was pretty generous that day…. 🙂

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