Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Batik Solo

Kampung Batik Laweyan

Laweyen is one of the central Batik in Solo. Surely this village there are a lot of history left in this kapung and became icons Batik Solo

Batik is a traditional art works that many people occupied Laweyan. Since the 19th century, this village was known as kampung batik. That's why Laweyan village once known as batik village that reached prominence in the era of the '70s. According to Alpha is also the manager Batik Mahkota,

In the region there is Kampung Laweyan Laweyan, Tegalsari, Tegalayu, Batikan, and Jongke, whose inhabitants are a lot of batik producers and traders, since the beginning until now. Here is where the founding of the Islamic Trade Syarekat, the first trade association founded by the indigenous batik producers and traders, in 1912.

The former glory of merchants native batik tempo doeloe commonly called 'Gal Gendhu' can be seen from the relics of his palatial home. In this area, they did show glory by competing to build a luxurious mansion with beautiful architecture.
Regions Laweyan skipped Rajiman Road Dr., who was in the shaft Kasunanan Surakarta Palace - the former royal palace in Kartasura Mataram. From Jalan Dr Rajiman this, many see a high wall that covers the large houses, with large wooden gate called regol. At first glance not too interesting, and many were dull. But once regol opened, then looking building mansion with beautiful architecture. Usually consists of the main building in the center, building wings on either side, and building support behind him, as well as a broad front page.

With its architecture, material luxury, and beauty of ornament, as the king of ancient batik want to show his ability to build his palace, though in a miniature scale. One example can be seen is a former merchant's mansion, located on the edge of batik Jalan Dr Rajiman, treated and used as a homestay Roemahkoe equipped restaurant Lester.

Of course not everything can build a "palace" broad, because on either side of the neighboring land is also build a "palace" of his own. As a result, this region is filled with various mini-palace, which is only separated by high walls and narrow alleys. The spirit of racing to build luxury homes seem to overlook the importance of public space. Village streets became very narrow. Formed many alley with a narrow hallway that just simply pass a single person or a motorcycle.

But here is unique. Navigate the narrow alleys between the high walls of ancient houses are very exciting. We seemed to walk between the triumph of historical monuments batik traders doeloe tempo. The pattern of narrow alleys lined with high walls of the house Gedongan this kind are also found in the region Kauman, Kemlayan, and Kliwon Market. Because the fun, browse the halls of the history of the triumph of this exotic Laweyan could spend. Especially if you looked in, saw the contents and the beauty of the ornaments all the "palace" in the region.

But unfortunately one by one beautiful architecture of ancient buildings, were destroyed under the siege of date, replaced by a new shop or commercial building that architecture is not entirely clear. Local government did not act any deal damage to this historical artifact. Even the former home of the Chairman of the Islamic Trade SI H. Samanhoedi, which should be protected as a witness of history, is no longer intact, battered down the front. The former palace of Mataram in Kartasura also allowed to fall apart.

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