The two great traditional fabrics created in Solo are batik and lurik. Batik is an essential icon of Indonesian culture. The batik that comes from the areas around Solo and Yogya is known as the court batik. Typically the colors utilized in this batik are blue to symbolize the earth, brown to symbolize fire and white to express air and water. Batik Solo uses sogan on a pale yellow background. If you are shopping for batik in Solo, Try Bird Klewer, a Textile Market with a bewildering array of batik. Prices here can be almost half what you’d pay in a store.
The selection of prints on sale can be overwhelming so remember to keep focused on precisely what you want. It’s best to go shopping here as soon as you can as it got hot and crowded quickly. Bargaining skills are essential and all part of the fun. The price will vary depending upon the quality of the fabric, process, the number of elements, the quality of the dye and the presence of any defects.