August 07, 2014

Welcome to Kuppu!

We specialise in Indonesian Batik & Tenun Ikat handbags that combined with quality genuine Italian leather. We'd proudly present the beauty of Central Java Batik, Balinese Tenun Ikat, Tenun Gedog Tuban and Tenun Ikat East Nusatenggara crafted in each Kuppu bag only for you!

Raw materials for Tenun Gedog Tuban

Batik gedog Tuban has characteristics that are not found in other traditional batik, which is the raw material is woven gedog. The process started with cotton planting, spinning, weaving, batik writing and dyeing with natural materials (colouring) to produce a piece of batik gedog cloth; therefore it is very time-consuming - about 3months to finish a cloth.

There are two kinds of cotton plants : Brown cotton (called Gedog Lowo) and white cotton - they produce two original colour of Tuban Gedog cotton thread as shown below:

Then the thread are being processed into woven cloth, which is done by hands supported by traditional and very modest equipment. The Brown cotton cloth called Gedog Lowo and the white one called Gedog Putih. Brown cotton weave are more expensive than White cotton cloth as it is much harder to grow the Brown cotton plant.

The cloths are now are ready for batik writing, and here are examples of Brown Cotton Tenun Gedog Tuban with Hong bird motifs and Sekar Jagat motifs. 

I love tenun gedog Tuban, I love the unique texture of the cloth, the traditional process they have in making one, and appreciate how they survive in preserving their tradition in these modern days without loosing it's charisma. How beautiful Tenun Gedog Tuban is, and how rich Indonesian heritage is.

Ira Tazar
Ira Tazar