Textile Museum (Museum Tekstil)

Textile Museum (Museum Tekstil)

Textile Museum (Museum Tekstil)
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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At this museum tourists learn the history and methods of the traditional art of Javanese batik.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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cirque
Jakarta, Indonesia8,132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Went to the museum early in the morning, was greeted by the receptionist. She was cheerful and very informative. She will explain all activities in the museum.
Nothing to shot out about the museum collection. The collection, although precious, but only conserve just as it is. Some explanation come only in Bahasa, no English translation. No guide available, so you have to walk around yourself and read from the information cards (wherever available).
The best thing is the batik making course. A short course held in the house just behind the museum building. Just pay Rp30,000 (approx USD3) for the whole process (this price is including entrance fee to museum of Rp2,000)
First you will be given a white cloth, them you have to select the motive you want, after that you draw out the outline on the cloth. After finish, you need to cover the lines you drawn with wax. Then the coloring process will be done by the staff. Just name the colour you want. After finish, you can bring the batik as memento.
The trainer are very helpful and kind.
Recommended to be done for those who wants to make his'her own batik.
Written 20 January 2008
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Dromomaniac
Greater Sydney, Australia587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2010
My daughters and i headed to the textile museum on a very rainy day, and we had a ball. The museum part itself is really only interesting to those of us who are really into textiles and the history of them. However, the batik making part is for everyone 'crafty' or artistic.

We started with grand ideas and very quickly realised that beautiful batik is an art we may well never master! The work on display is just beautiful and seems quite pricey until you realise jus how much skill it takes and how difficult it would be to repeat a pattern when doing it once is so hard. My daughters and I are artistic and also do loads of crafts, but none of that helped! Hahaha! Luckily you are only given a handkerchief sized piece of fabric! Working with the wax is hard, hot work but so, so worth it. You have to trace or draw a design, the follow that design in wax and then you get to dye and wash your fabric. Although mine was a bit if a disaster, my daughters' pieces were worth framing when we got home.

We were assisted by a lovely volunteer during our visit and we also interacted with a group of students who seemed fascinated that we were interested in learning batik. Although our Indonesian is very, very limited and their English was similar, we managed to have lots of laughs about how badly we were doing - pulling a face as you hold up your batik negates the need for words! I'm so sad that I forgot my camera that day as I have no photos, so at least we have our 'art'.

Although you're given an apron to wear, it's still advisable to wear old/dark clothes as you dye the fabrics yourself.

Also, it would be wise to arrange for your transport to stay as we stood in the rain for 20 minutes trying to flag a taxi, to no avail, and had to wade through knee deep water back to the from entrance. The lovely guy at reception then called us a taxi and that arrived 10 minutes later.

I would highly recommend the batik course - just ask about it at reception as if you don't know where you're going it's a bit tricky to find the batik room out the back.
Written 15 June 2011
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n0ni
jakarta417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Went there during weekend when the museum exhibited the 'Islamic Influence in Textile'. Abundant collections of rare Batik from all parts of Indonesia, with complete description of each cloth; hand-painted, machine printed, natural dyes, chemical dyes, woven, ikat, Kain Panjang, Destar, Sarong; Informative and beautiful! Enjoyed the old-Dutch architecture building and interior, also. Clean and well maintained facility.

There was workshop to learn making Batik, saw 2 ladies using Canting, putting the dyes on the fabric. They seemed thoroughly enjoying the process.

The location was easy to find, but, the entrance gate for car was not too visible, hidden among crowded market stalls. So, had to drive very slowly searching for it, and just ignoring the honking cars behind :)
Written 28 July 2012
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Angie O
Singapore, Singapore451 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
When my friend suggested to visit this museum, I was very excited as we can create our own batik masterpieces there.

You probably need around a few hrs if you plan to do a few batik. It is 75000 rupiah per piece, for a square handkerchief size. First you trace the picture on the cloth and then wax it. The staff will then dye it according to a colour of your choice. There are brown, red, purple, blue and orange to choose from.The designs they have are limited so go prepared with pictures of your favourite designs or even cartoons.

It is quite tiring to sit down on the stool (almost floor level) to wax the batik piece. Be sure to choose the higher stool.

Do remember to bring the address of the place as the taxi driver may not know Museum Tekstil at all. Check the operating hours as well, think it is close on Mondays and it closes at 3 pm on days they are operating. If you are only doing the batik, (my friend went to the museum before and suggested that it is not worth the visit) you can not pay the entrance fee to the museum and head straight to the workshop.
Written 30 November 2011
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atpcliff
Green Bay, WI195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
The building is British-designed, about 1900, by Arthur Hubback in an Indo-Saracenic Revival style (Indian Muslim Persian). The building is gorgeous.

The museum features textile production in Malaysia, along with the history associated with it, to include trade routes and countries, and locations and groups of peoples, with their unique styles of textile design and production.

The creativeness and dedication of the artists who thought of the designs, who made the equipment, created the techniques, and did the technical work to bring the clothing to life are INCREDIBLE! So many complicated steps and SO MUCH DETAIL.

I was also impressed with the amount of cultural/knowledge exchanged between the peoples in the various geographical areas that traded these resources and textiles.

If you aren't interested in textiles or history, just take photos of the building (or eat in the cafe) and skip the museum. I love history, and my wife is a talented seamstress. This was THE FIRST museum she wanted to stay longer than I did!
Written 5 March 2018
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DocJoey2014
Manila, Philippines23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
The museum allows you first hand learn the art of batik making. I thought it is easy, but its the opposite. My wife and I enjoyed and labored doing the batik design.

Written 25 April 2014
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Alexandra Hana
Jakarta, Indonesia13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
At my first time coming here, I was underestimating this place. I thought it was a normal boring museum with many textiles. But, I was totally wrong.

After I paid few thousands Rupiah to get in, I was welcomed by 2 big Jakarta traditional doll (called Ondel Ondel). When I enter the door, some employees welcomed me and asked me whether I want to watch movie or not. They have a computer with video for virtual tourist. I have a glanced look around the textile exhibition - which I didn't understand at all.

I continue to go to see the garden whose plants are being used to be natural colour for the Batik. I directly went to the batik course after that, where you need to pay extra 50.000. Surprisingly, it was awesome!

You will be given handkerchief size textile and the teacher will tell you to copy the pattern. After you're done, they will teach you how to paint the batik using a canting (pen-like tool to apply hot wax). It was freaking hard. But motivated by its beauty, I tried to continue because I saw even kiddo can do it!

The teacher will bring the finished tectile to colourant part, boiled it and voila! Pretty batik tulis will be yours! Without extra fee! I spend 2 hours here, instead of planning for coming arounf 30 mins.

You can also see many machine used to make batik and tenun. Great educational experience for you and the children!
Written 10 March 2017
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Business
Small museum with several rooms showcasing different styles of Batik and its history. There's also a Batik shop out back where Batiks are made sometimes in classes/demonstrations. Museum is ok, best for adults only as there's nothing here for kids under 12 to see or do. One visit and you'll be set. No reason to plan an outing around stopping here.
Written 18 April 2015
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anneharper1951
San Antonio67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Business
We went to the museum during the end of Ramadan. Unfortunately, the do-your-own batik experience and the gift shop were not open due to the holiday. In addition to the shop, the museum consists of two buildings. One is not-air-conditioned and contains older batiks. The newer building is air-conditioned and has some very beautiful and artistic contemporary batiks. Well worth the visit. Photos were not allowed. The museum was very difficult to find. Don't expect taxi drivers to know where it is. We had a map, but we found drivers could not read maps. It is also difficult to get a taxi back to your hotel from the museum.
Written 19 August 2013
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Kim S
texas91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Aside from the museum I was able to participate in batik making. Pick out a simple pattern. The simpler the better as this technique is extraordinarily difficult to manage. Locals provide guidance on how to create your piece. It is time consuming and tedious but such a cool process. After processing in the dye baths and hanging it out to dry we explored the museum filled with unbelievable batiks. It seems impossible the delicate patterns and prints are all done by hand. If you enjoy the local art and can take a moment to try it out I highly recommend a visit.
Written 10 December 2019
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