Superior hand-made batikWHOLESALE

Superior Hand-Made Batik

This information is for those who want to buy Batik wholesale (skipping the middleman).

The below was written by Siti Hajir, the owner of the Batik production business she and her husband (Kemas Junaidi) operate from their home. We personally know Siti Hajir’s family and have visited their home many times. They’ve also visited our home on several occasions.



Pasar Angso Duo* (two geese market)

Sign in front of the traditional market called:
Pasar Angso Duo (Two Geese Market)

In Indonesia it’s common to see markets set up along the sides of roads. Merchants will set up small stalls from which to sell their fruit, vegetables, meats, or other products. Others will simply lay out a tarp at the edge of the road (and on the road) and place their goods to be sold on the tarp. The City of Jambi has several of these traditional markets, with the largest and most prominent being “Pasar Angso Duo.” This market is said to contain as many as 5,000 merchants.


Jambi Batik Cloth Designs

Dress with Jambi Batik Designs

Below are 66 pictures showing many of the basic designs (motif) that are used in the manufacture of Jambi Batik. Most of these designs are directly related to the Jambi people’s culture and daily life. You can read our previous post about batik by clicking this link.

In our research for writing this article we encountered differences for the names of the various Jambi batik designs. We obtained multiple lists of designs from books and museum records, but the lists didn’t always agree. There doesn’t seem to be one authority that can say, “Yes, this batik design is called a ….”  For the most part the people and lists did agreed, but there are still about five designs we’re still uncertain about.

We are very grateful to the many people who assisted us in obtaining this information. Mr. Agus Rianto, of the Sanggar Batik & Kerajinan Store, went out of his way to help us obtain many of the below pictures. Others who assisted us were from stores listed on our post titled: “Shopping in Jambi.”


Jambi Batik

Applying hot wax to a batik design.
When the cloth is placed in a tub containing dye, the wax will prevent the dye from entering the design on the fabric.

Batik is a decorative cloth that for centuries has been worn by Sultans, their families, and other persons of nobility. The Sultan era ended in Jambi in the early 1900s, since then the cloth slowly began to be worn by everyone. Indonesians are very proud to wear batik since it displays designs which communicate a specific ethnic group’s unique culture.


Songket that was woven in Jambi.

Indonesian Traditional Clothing

Songket is a very expensive cloth that is used to make traditional Indonesian clothing. This cloth is primarily only used during weddings and other official ceremonies. A piece of cloth, measuring 24″ x 36″, can cost from $150 – $300 (USD), depending on how much silver and gold thread is woven into the fabric. Another reason why it is so expensive is that it can take up to two months to make.


Handicraft and Souvenir Stores

Siti Hajir: This is the business where we buy all our batik products. They make the batik in their home and also market it themselves. We know this family personally and have found their products to be second to none–and the price is wholesale!

Wood carved chairs, table, and other objects at the Village of Pulau Betung.

Gallery Batik Jambi: This location makes Batik at their home and sells it wholesale. The owner of the business, Ibu Dawi is also an outstanding seamstress. We know this family personally and they are the ones that meet all our tailoring needs. The location of Gallery Batik Jambi is about 1 kilometer north of Desa Niaso and 3 kilometers east of Desa Bakung.


Indonesian Style Convenience Stores

A warung is a small family owned convenient type store, usually operated out of the front of homes. Warungs are also known to be like a small restaurant.

Below is a video we made to give an introductory glance into these types of stores.