Program Details & Highlights

Program Highlights

Most of trip will be taken away far from the tourist trail and to meet the maker. The best knowledge of our guide will be a valuable information for you. These traditional textile makers are struggling to maintain their impractical works, the symbolic meaning and value embedded in its creation as well as to develop the link for today’s era.

In this experiential textile adventure, you will explore; Batik is an amazing ancient method of color dyeing. Technically, batik is the process of applying dyes to porous surfaces. Historically, batik has been around for many hundreds of years. Esthetically, batik produces some of the most beautiful art in the world. However, batik is not easy and involves a very labor intensive and complex process with many hours of back breaking hard work; Ulos (Ikat Woven) of North Sumatra is a typical of Batak-shaped woven shawl, which symbolizes the bond of affection between parents and children or between a person and others. It is not merely made to wear as clothing, but are significant symbols of status, serve as precious heirlooms, or are ceremonial gifts during rites in human’s life cycle from births and weddings to deaths; Minangkabau Songket (Supplementary Wrap Handwoven), Minangkabau people consider Songket is not only a piece of cloth, but it is a part of Minangkabau ritualistic history. In the former time, these people did not write down their life philosophy or culture in a sheet of paper; from generation to generation they passed it through “Songket” and carving. Even in a only simple motif or pattern, this typical cloth has a profound meaning to be learned.

Program Details

Traditional textiles are identical with cultural objects since abundant of local wisdoms involved into the works. Materials and techniques have significance in meaning and value. For centuries, the practice of producing traditional cloths in Indonesia has been passed down from generation to generation. Through this journey, we’ll see a profound association of some identities root as diversity of expression from some places in Indonesia. This also as a part of us to protect the culture through a holiday trip to meet the maker. Beside, this is not fully all about textile tour, but also a memorable cultural experience in natural environment and amazing landscape of in some places of wonderful Indonesia.

Let’s discover beautiful nature and unique art & culture
Let’s experience adventure through textile side from some indigenous tribe in Indonesia

Day by Day MTI 07 - 24 Days Java-Sumatra Textile Oddisey

Day 1: Selamat Datang-Arrival in Adi Sucipto Airport (D)

Welcome to historic city of “Yogya”, cultural heartland of Java, site of the first great Central Javanese empire. Prior to Independence in 1945, the Sultans of Yogyakarta and Solo had wide ranging powers. The royal court restricted the use of certain batik designs, called “larangan” or forbidden designs such as the “parangrusak” to members of the royal family and its entourage. While this is no longer the case, many Javanese batik patterns continue to contain images that either protect or hint at the prestige of the wearer. Possibility to see royal collection. Check in & Hotel Dinner.

Day 2: Contemporary Batik Class - A Side of Art Development (BLD)

After breakfast we will drive to the Brahma Tirta Sari batik studio to meet with the owners, Agus and Nia Ismoyo. Following a presentation and short class practice in their gallery we will visit the Barbaran Segaragunung culture house and be given a lecture by local expert about the philosophy behind the enigmatic 15th century Candi Sukuh. There will be a traditional lunch before driving on to Giriloyo to visit the batik collective Bima Sakti at late of noon. Royal Dinner at the prince house.

Day 3: Batik Tulis (Writing Batik) - A Side of Culture (BLD)

There will be early departure from the hotel  (around 04.00 AM) for 1.5 hours drive to the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist stupa, Borobudur for sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then go to Yogyakarta Private Batik Museum, short class for culturally Batik Tulis and explore any style of Batik collection. Following traditional lunch in the gallery, we will next explore Prambanan temple, a 10th century Hindu temple. Continue with special dinner and performance of Ramayanan epic surround.

Day 4: Important Town of Batik Development (BLD)

Check out and drive to Surakarta, more commonly known as Solo. This city is home to another ancient court center, considered by many to be the arbiter of Javanese cultivated speech and aristocratic elegance. We will have a private tour of the Puro Mangkunegaran and a visit to the palace’s batik collection. There is a dress code for the palace visit: women should wear skirts or dresses knee length or longer. No Slacks. Following the palace tour we will visit House of  Dhanarhadi, getting to know about Batik style from amazing collection. Check in at heritage hotel and dinner at famous local restaurant at Solo.

Day 5: Batik Reviving and Development of a Maestro (BLD)

In the morning we will visit the studio of PanembahanHardjonagoro, Indonesia’s batik maestro who, in the 1950s,started the revival of batik for daily use as well as special occasions. IwanTirta was one of his followers. Following lunch, visit Sukuh Temple. It has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other temple where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. This 15th century temple is decorated with wayang stone carvings of Hindu origin. Its main monument is a simple pyramid structure with reliefs and statues in front of it, including three tortoises with flattened shells and a male figure grasping his penis. The temple has the stunning cut pyramid shape decorated with the figures of the eagles and snakes, and this is one of the reasons why this monument has been related to the Mayan temples in South America – they look pretty similar. Hotel Dinner

Day 6: Exploring and Hunting Batik Collection (BLD)

Morning tour to the charming Laweyan batik district for exploration about Batik industry. After lunch in a local restaurant, there will be a chance to hunt Batik Collection from a textile market, “Pasar Klewer” and we will also visit “Pasar Triwindu”, a market for collectibles of all sorts.

Day 7: Batik in Coastal Culture and Foreign Influence (BLD)

Check out and about 5 hours to drive to the north coast town of Pekalongan. We are now saying good bye to the somber sogo brown and dark indigo blue batiks of Central Java. In this area cloths, called Batik Pesisir (Coastal Batik), are decorated with exuberant floral and figurative patterns dyed in bright colors. We will visit the homes of Lim Ping Wie and Oey Soe Tjoen, two of the oldest batik producing families in this region. Before if we have smooth traffic, there will be big possibility to meet some extensive collection of Pekalongan Museum Batik. Check in at comfortable hotel in Pekalongan. (Enroute Lunch and Hotel Dinner)

Day 8: Contemporary Batik in Coastal Culture (BLD)

Check out, Today will getting to know about “Batik Rifaiyah”. This batik has spirit and influence of Islam behind its creation. Then, we will be a stop at the 2 Galleries of Indonesian artist well known for contemporary Batik to see the art development and influence from them on Batik. In the afternoon we will drive to Cirebon. The name Cirebon derives from a Javanese word which means mixture. A harbor town on the border of West and Central Java, it is the meeting point of the Sundanese and Javanese cultures. Late check in at comfortable hotel in Cirebon (Enroute Lunch and hotel Dinner).

Day 9: Batik Peranakan of Cirebon (BLD)

In the morning we will visit the Kraton Kasepuhan. Built in 15th century, this palace is a blend of Sundanese, Javanese, Islamic, Dutch and Chinese styles. Here we will see the  designs that are the inspiration for the popular mega mendung (cloud) and wadasan (rock formation) batik motifs. We will then visit Linas Batik Cirebon, the studio of the Giok family, the 6th generation of batik makers in this region. Following lunch there will be a visit to explore the Trusmi area where many notable producers of Cirebon style batiks have their workshops and galleries. We will visit the Masina workshop, founded in 1829 and still in family hands as well as Katura, famous for batik wayang. The colors and motifs used to decorate cloths in this region continue to reflect the ‘mixture’ of cultures that have existed for centuries. Reflecting Dutch influence, many of the older cloths were signed by the person who did the design. Peranakan is the word used to distinguish people who can trace their ancestry to the Chinese who arrived in the region in the 14th century and inter-married with the local population, thus blending the two cultures. There is a sizable Peranakan population not only in Indonesia but also Malaysia and Singapore that continue to wear the brightly colored cloths from this region. (Seafood Lunch at Local Restaurant and Hotel Dinner)

Day 10: Batik Camplongan Indramayu (BLD)

Check out, we will drive around 160 miles to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. Along the way we will stop at the fishing community of Indramayu where many of the motifs reflect their link with the sea. One of the unique techniques found here is “cocohan” or pinpricks applied to the waxed background of a cloth resulting in small colored dots. A “camplongan” or piece of wood studded with needles is commonly used to make the pinpricks. Late check in at comfortable hotel in Jakarta (Enroute Lunch and Hotel Dinner).

Day 11: Jakarta - Indonesia Capital (BLD)

In the morning we will visit the The National Museum of Indonesia, an archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical museum. This museum is regarded as one of the most complete and the best in Indonesia, as well as one of the finest museum in Southeast Asia. Preserving about 141,000 objects, ranged from prehistoric artifacts, to archeology, numismatics, ceramics, ethnography, history and geography collections. Following, we will head to Grand Indonesia for lunch and in its Alun-alun there will be plenty of Indonesian handicraft for hunting. Next. visiting Bin House, owned by Josephine Kamara, known as Obin, a textile and fashion designer who drew upon her collection of antique textiles for inspiration to create original designs and greatly enhanced the image of batik as chic and trendy. Hotel Dinner.

Day 12: Indonesian Textile and the Biggest Garment Wholesaler Market (BLD)

Today we have chance to see an extensive textile collections from many Indonesian ethnic groups that make up this vast country, such as “Ikats” from Sumba, intricate “songket” from Sumatra, intricately patterned woven cloths from Timor and, of course, batik from many regions. Lunch at local restaurant. Then exploring the bursting biggest Garment wholesaler market, Tanah Abang. In Fatahilah square at late of noon, exploring “Shadow Puppet” Museum and Indonesia Ceramics Museum. In a classic cafe surround, there will be “Java Island” farewell dinner.

Day 13: Welcome to Sumatra (BLD)

Check out. By Flight to Sumatra. Upon arrival in Medan (North Sumatra Capital), we will stop at charming Tjong A Fie Mansion and Maimun Palace, and drop at your hotel in Brastagi, about 2.5 hours drive, and there will be a group briefing about Sumatra tour, followed by dinner.

Day 14: Ulos Weaving Culture of Sitelu Huta (BLD)

Check out and move to Sitelu Huta Region. Traditionally, weaving was the task of women only, and men were prohibited from the work, since it is believed that while weaving, women imbue the cloth with symbolic values connected with women’s role in caring for family, children and the community. Batak textiles use mostly cotton yarn, while colors are produced by immersing the yarn in plant dye. The blue color comes from the indigo lant, red is made from sappan wood and morinda which grow abundantly in the tropics. Yellow comes from turmeric, whereas black is produced by mixing morinda with indigo, and green is a mix of indigo and turmeric. We’ll explore how truly traditional ulos cloths are still made in the three villages of Tongging, Paropo and Silalahi. Those are also known as sitelu huta (three villages). Check in at hotel in Tongging (Enroute lunch and hotel dinner).

Day 15: Ulos Reviving in Nagari Tongah (BLD)

Check out and move Samosir Island. Enroute, we will make stop in Pematang Purba Museum, a royal building complex of local “Purba” authority. to Sitelu Huta Region. Then, we’ll discover Ulos reviving done by Lasma, a crafter woman who maintain “Ulos” traditionally as their local wisdom. She was in guidance of Sandra Niessen, a anthropologist based in the Netherlands. Then, we’ll take a 45 minute boat ride to Samosir Island, the largest island in a lake in the world. There will be architectural and cultural tour surround the island. Check in at  hotel in Samosir Island. (Enroute Lunch and Hotel Dinner).

Day 16: Samosir Textile, Homeland of Batak Toba (BLD)

Visit Lumban Suhi-suhi Village where women are still weaving traditional ulos.  Here, you will experience to join weaving with our local friends. We will then head to old Batak Village Huta Bolon Simanindo. Back to hotel, enjoy the scenic Lake Toba or take your pool time, more relax today since tomorrow  we will take overland trip to West Sumatra.(Lunch in the local restaurant and hotel dinner).

Day 17: Overland to West Sumatra (BLD)

Check out. Visit the tomb of King Sidabutar and a Batak Toba village at Tomok. In Ambarita, a traditional village with ancient stone furniture in front of a collection of typical Batak houses there will be a cultural show with traditional costumes and dances, including the sigale-gale where animated puppets are used to morn someone who dies without a male heir. Leaving Samosir to West Sumatra via tarutung and take around 6-7 hours drive. We’ll make some stops for lunch, coffe break and getting to know about local culture on the way. We will pass a Toba Batak town of Tarutung, whose name translates as ‘durian’ a highly prized local fruit. Late Check in surround Sidempuan, a connecting town of the North and West Sumatra. (Enroute Lunch and Hotel Dinner).

Day 18: Bukittinggi, the Mainland of Minangkabau (BLD)

Check out. Another long but interesting drive as we go south from the “Tano Batak” (Batak Land) and enter into “Ranah Minang” (Minangkabau Land). We will pass “Rimbo Panti” (a conservation rain forest) and stop at Equator Line of Bonjol. Late afternoon, take the coffee break in Palupuh. This is a place for Sir Stamford Raffless held his “Sumatra Botanical Research”. A fresh organic “Luwak Coffee” before hotel check in at Bukittinggi.

Day 19: Textile Culture in Minangkabau Highland (BLD)

Passing the magnificent earth creature, “Sianok Canyon”, we head to Matur and enjoy the scenic view of Lake Maninjau from hill. It is surround the village where the people main income is sugar cane plantation. Here, we will discover how they have cooperation with buffalo in producing brown sugar. Another unique thing is that people a special way to product nut as snack. They use volcano sand. Early at noon, we will join a group of Minangkabau women maintain embroidery as their economic support to family. It was 100 years ago ide of a woman public figure, Rohana Kudus to educate women (widow, married woman, and girl) to make embroidery craft for being economically support of struggling against Dutch colonial. Beside the embroidery, this Koto Gadang Village also well known as silver smith producer. Let’s discover their technique about this product. (Enroute Lunch and Hotel Dinner).

Day 20: Textile Culture from Expert Thought (BLD)

From today, for a couple of days, one of husband and wife, expert of Minangkabau textile (Nanda Wirawan/Iswandi) will accompany us talking about Minangkabau Songket. They will introduce about Minangkabau textile and their effort on reviving Minangkabau Songket. One of their work have been awarded as “Best Excellence Handy Craft” by Unesco. We start from Halaban where culture of songket weaving is a custom order. Here every woman has the obligation to be proficient to weave “Songket” with traditional looms. After enroute lunch, we will explore typical eco craft out of textile that base on Minangkabau culture. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 21: Textile Culture from Expert Thought (BLD)

Check Out. Visit Nanda and Iswandi Studio. Short songket and coloring practice class of Minangkabau Songket. Continued to explore Pandai Sikek, village where the tradition of weaving base on ancient kingdom order. Before they produce cloth for the royal family only. Check in at Hotel in Tanah Datar. (Traditional Lunch host by our expert and Hotel Dinner).

Day 22: Textile Culture from Expert Thought (BLD)

Check Out. In the morning, visit Pagaruyang Palace in the ancient land of Minangkabau. An iconic royal heritage of Minangkabau ancient kingdom. Drive to Silungkang village. Here, find different style of Minangkabau songket. Check in at Hotel in Padang. Dinner will be at famous street foodcourt.

Day 23: A Side of Batik Coloring from Minangkabau (BLD)

Different with Java’s style, here we will explore about color dying for batik with clay as media. Bursting  market and Padang city tour about modern life, history and culture influence in the capital city of West Sumatra. Lunch in a local restaurant and journey farewell dinner with spectacular cultural Minangkabau show. The peak performance will be a dancer dancing on broken glass.

Day 24: Sampai Jumpa - Airport Transfer (B)

Free on your leisure until airport transfer.

Dates, Prices & Availability

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8 Sep - 1 Oct, 2019 Excluding Flight Departure Guaranteed € 5007
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- 2.5% will be donated to support Green Tourism Institute to educate and advocate West Sumatra local community about “sustainable tourism”.
- Small Group Trip (Maximum 16 Pax)
- The trip’s purpose is to maintain textile culture through the maker. We know that some traditional and cultural weaving failed to be transfered to the next generation. One reason of the failure is related to economic needs since they are not able to develop from the condition where they have to sell the product not directly to the buyer. Beside through this journey, tourist is encouraged to support and develop a part of world as destination for peace and mutual respect.
- This is an open trip, you will gather traveler around the world. Special private trip or out of the schedule please contact us.
- For Women dont forget to bring your “knee length” dresses/clothes(in certain place you have to wear it).
- Some routes are in remote area, away from tourist trail and most activities directly deal with local people. Our guides will brief about appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental.
- Don’t worry about Indonesia menus, even this country welknown with spicy food but there are many alternatives menu that meet the foreigners taste.
- For any force majeure situation, operator will change the route/activities to the equal one.
- Tour Start From Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and End at Padang (Indonesia)
- Above price is a starting price base on 2 pax and twin share room (the more pax you join and directly confirm, there will be a significant price adjustment.

3 Nights B&B at Yogyakarta (4 star hotel)
3 Nights B&B at Solo (4 star hotel)
1 Nights B&B at Pekalongan (min. 3 star hotel).
2 Nights B&B at Cirebon (min.l 3 star hotel).
3 Nights B&B at Jakarta (4 star hotel).          
1 Night B&B at Brastagi (min. 3 star hotel)
1 Night B&B at Tongging (standard hotel).           
2 Nights B&B at Samosir (Min. 3 star)
1 Night B&B at Sidempuan/Siantar (standard)
3 Nights B&B at Bukitinggi (4 star hotel) 
1 Night B&B at Tanah Datar (Min. 3 Star)
2 Nights B&B at Padang (4 star hotel)
*Single Supplement only for Hotel (+ € 477 / $ 537)
Meals as stated in program detail (23X dinner, 22X lunch, 23 x breakfast) 
* Please inform us for any dietary or vegetarian requirement

-  Tour Design.
-  23 Night Accomodation as in “Accomodtion & Meals” Information.
-  Meals as in “Accomodation & Meals” Information.
-  Comfortable Tourist Transportation (adjusted as number of travellers).
-  Experience Local Transport in certain ocassion.
-  Boat Transfer to Lake Toba
-  Domestic Flight Ticket from Jakarta to Medan
-  Licensed English Speaking Guide, local guide/local expert in certain destination).
-  Tour Crews (Logistic, Videographer & Photographer)
-  Donation to Green Tourism Institute and certify as Green Friend of Indonesia.
-  All Entrance Fee, donations to local community and activities fee/some textile class.
-  Private Cultural Performances at Farewell Dinner
-  CD Documentation

-  International Flight Ticket
-  All Personal Expense or Anything out of Inclusions
-  Tipping (Please contact us for suggestion)
-  Insurance