Ibu Entur is a lady who started creating Batik in this region (named Majalengka). She said she did so in order to be able to employ old people of her village who can't really work in other, tiring jobs such as farming. She had a bad story with the local governement who asked her to make batik for their uniforms but had a lot of requirement such as official papers and fabric quality. She went through all of this and invested money, all of this for nothing because the governement took her design and gave it to another factory for printing (!). So apparently she is not doing so good, that is also a reason why Arie sent me there, see if I could do anything. Next to batik she also teaches to people who did not pass their school diploma and therefore can't work. She has the aility to give them the diploma. And her house is filled with children, she has game for them and I think she does kindergrten at home. There are also cows and chickens...it is a lively and pleasant place to stay!
The Batik 'factory'
Day 1 : making pattern with stamps and wax
Day2 : coloring ; yes it is all hand painted!
Day3 : "canting" covering the colored parts with wax
Learning bonus : buras (rice stuffed in banana leave)