Yogyakarta at its finest: Factory Exploration at Hand-made Batik, Silverware, Pottery & Bags

Our journey at Yogyakarta started off with the tours of famous hand-made products made under the skills of well-trained professionals despite having to repeat the processes countless each day for the next few years.


As you’ve heard, Indonesia is famous for its hand-made products such as silver crafts which will require months to complete an artifact before they’re sold on the shelf and every piece is carefully polished and designed to meet the modern requirements.

99.9% Pure Silver + Pure Copper + Brass Sheet + Alluminiumsulphat + Soap Fruit + Tar + Fusion Bowl + Fusion Stove + Scissors + Tweezers + Carve Nail + Press Machine + SandPaper + Pilers + Wire Brush + Drawplate + Hammer = Production of Silver Craft – Now you know that silvercrafts aren’t that easy to make because you need the skills and resources!

From the biggest diameter to the smallest, the thick wire is pulled through the draw plate hole with the help of pliers where each hole has different diameters.

2 soft wires are combined with the use of Twist Wheel which are used for silver crafts decoration.

The motif is then filled to the frame and it will be sticked onto a thin paper.

With the help of silver wire, the frame is made where the silver powder is poured over the surface and melted by solder.

Silver plates are produced through hammering, soldering and carving them out by Jabung which are melted and poured into silvercraft under intense heat.

To make the silvercraft as shiny and clean as possible, boiling and burning is required to shine the colour and with the use of Lerak fruit to wash till they sparkles under the light!

Authentic hand-made silver-crafts are finally produced after months of intense processes from one to another and look at how cute they’re!

Now you can bring borobudur temple home… at a price – months of work with each silver piling up to this shiny product here!


No doubt for Indonesia’s most famous handicraft – Batik is a local product hand-sewn for months with the different traditional designs that one can be creative to do up designs across different clothes or simply using a chop above to stamp them across the cloth for a quicker process to complete it in days.

The Batik traditional process is tedious and time-consuming which involves the worker to design the patterns by hand using a pencil on the white cloth and cover the pencil mark by wax.

The patterns are outlined to detail the dots, stripes and wide parts using wax which will be continuous for a few times. Patterns are also copied to multiple white cloths to quicken the process of similar patterns on different cloths!

Waxing is then applied by block or cap on both sides of the cloth to allow it to be thicker then a base colour dye will be applied onto the cloth and wax is then removed by boiling to finish the batik.

To meet the modern demands, the Batik is usually chopped using the stamps of different designs onto the cloth and repeated patterns on the cloth.


Pottery making is another intensive artwork which requires the skills and heat that can rise up to 500 degrees to burn and make the pottery using charcoals!

Lots of patience and skills are required to polish and make the pottery – time is also essential before they harden into the form!


Our last stop was at a handicraft workshop where bags, basketware and more are made. We went deeper behind the shop to witness how hot and amazing it was to transform natural fibers into bags! The natural fibers are first boiled in a cooker and then left to dry for a few days!

Look at how red the cooked fiber v.s. the un-cooked fibers on the ground – they differ so much in colours and are left under the sun for days to dry before they are processed for the next stage!

Next, these fibers are rolled into a ball and hand-sewn slowly into bags and more. Look at how moodless they’re, having to repeat the process multiple times a day!

Bags are also hand-woven using sewing machine which takes weeks and patience to complete them.

The final products – hand-sewn bags all ready for sales and display on shelves showing how finest the skills and workmanship are!

Check out our escapade across different wonders at Yogyakarta under our Yogyakarta Category!

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2 thoughts on “Yogyakarta at its finest: Factory Exploration at Hand-made Batik, Silverware, Pottery & Bags”

  1. Oh wow! Indon looks so cool! I’ll be going to Indon in January for a dive trip during the CNY season.

    I’m an 18 year old travel blogger based in Singapore too! Hey, maybe you may not be the youngest after all. (;

    Commenting from Tianjin, China.

    Gwen NG

    Sy Reply:

    Hello Gwen,

    Wow! Hello Younger Travel blogger hahaha! 🙂

    Good to hear you’re exploring Indonesia soon too! 😉

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