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Sawangan is a sub-district in Magelang District, Central Java, Indonesia. The average population of the sub-district of Sawangan is farmers with crops of rice and vegetables. Ketep Pass travel destination is in this district, and there is also Mount Merapi National Park which was inaugurated by President Megawati Soekarno Putri in 2004.

Batik a typical Indonesian art. Batik cloth is now more popular with young people. Unfortunately, rarely young people who have the skills to make batik. A trip to Magelang, Central Java, there is nothing wrong if you take the time to mingle with Batik Keloen Community. Here you can learn to make batik without charge a penny.

It turns out that batik not only has potential in batik producing areas such as Pekalongan, Solo and Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY). In a small village, located about 5 kilometres from downtown Magelang, precisely in the rural slopes of Merapi, Wanasri, Tirtosari, Sawangan, Magelang, there are centers of batik making, most of them are farmers. They were introduced by batik began in 2011 ago. Behind the batik making center, there is a young man, who is the owner, he is Andre Yudo Purbo Astyono.

The Origin of Batik Keloen

Batik initially is something really foreign for an Andre, he is not from a family who is familiar with this art. His interest in batik originated from a concern for young people who were so vocal about batik preservation, but absent action. Starting from his concerns that, Andre opened a batik class for mothers farmers around the house. With a loan from his parents and support from his closest people, Andre opened a training class for mothers around his home, most of whom work as farmers. "The mothers here start from 6 am until 8 am. Then start again at 4:00 pm. From the time gap wasted, mending them learn batik, "said the man born in Magelang, December 12, 1983 this.

The Uniqueness of Batik Keloen

Among so many batik cloths sold in the market, Batik Keloen has its own uniqueness. Andre, this batik artist, is very concerned about the environment. Therefore, making Keloen batik that he runs with his community uses natural dyes derived from the plants around.

The colors used for this batik come from plants, such as mahogany trees, mimosa, and indigo tree. By using natural ingredients, the waste will not harm the environment.

Batik Keloen Price

The price of each batik cloth is very varied, ranging from Rp. 300.000,00 which kind of batik stamp, until price Rp. 2.500.000,00 for the type of batik, even for the motive that takes a long time and complicated in the production process can reach Rp. 15.000.000,00.

Batik Keloen has two mainstay colors namely indigo and mahogany. Batik with original cotton material size of 2.5 meters sold Rp. 4.5 million, while batik made from silk with the same size selling price Rp. 2.5 million.

Batik Keloen is not only known in Magelang, but also in Indonesia and even in the international world. A number of countries have invited Andri to appear to teach batik. Some countries that have visited Batik Keloen like China (2012), Australia (2012), Thailand (2012), Ireland, and in this year Andre will visit the Netherlands and Japan.

"In addition to participating in the exhibition, I was asked to provide batik training," he said. The plan in the near Batik Keloen will open a showroom in the Netherlands. The success of Batik Keloen is inseparable from the nationalist values and the love of nature that Andre possesses. Starting from his love of batik who has not become a master in his own home.

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