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Bamboo batik trays, 'Java Romance' (set of 3)

Item # 38870
In Stock

The charm and elegance of Javanese batik artistry inspire the design of this set of bamboo trays by Indah and Indra. They select classic patterns such as cecek (dotted) and buketan or flower motif, which features flowing lines. The eight-pointed rosette or kawung patterns were formerly reserved for sultans, while Truntum, adorning the handles, stands as a symbol of awakening of love.

Legend has it there once lived a queen who had long enjoyed her king's love. She began to feel neglected when the king took a new mistress, so to forget her sadness and loneliness, she queen began to do batik. She designed a pattern featuring stars in a dark sky, and in her loneliness, the stars became her intimate friends. The queen's batik so impressed the king, he fell in love with the queen again.

Made in Indonesia.

  • Clean with a dry cloth
  • Large:
       16.5" W x 12.8" H x 2.0" D
    Medium:
       14.4" W x 10.2" H x 2.0" D
    Small:
       12.0" W x 8.3" H x 1.8" D
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Bamboo
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Ships directly from our partner office in Indonesia. Please allow 1.5 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

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Artisan: Indah and Indra

Artisan Indah and Indra

Indah and Indra are a husband and wife team from Java, Indonesia, specializing in wood batik artistry.

"We have always worked as a team, starting with batik on textiles. Eventually we decided to transfer traditional batik printing techniques on wood, which is a rare and unique art form.

"We work at our own family workshop and we are assisted by several women artists, since wood batik requires careful detail. For example, it can take up to nine days just to complete a small mirror.

"Our family is our main source of encouragement, and we work really hard, always keeping the spirit of our family unity. Indra (my husband) focuses more on the designs, while I look after the administrative side. We like to work like that, as a team. We have been working like this since 1994, and it has always worked great."

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