Recently I was invited by my friend Saiful Nurudin to visit his family’s indigo production in the small kampung of Jlamprng Wetan about 10 kilometers from Ambarawa. It was a fascinating and educational 4 days during which I observed each step of the process from harvest to finished product. Here are some photos to illustrate the process.
This is Saiful (“Iful”). He’s an affable fellow, very knowledgeable and generous in sharing it. Iful is seen here in one of his family’s indigo fields about to begin the harvesting.
Scarf, detail, sekar jagad motif, batik tulis, indigo-dyed cotton.
A day begins with a mandi in one of the constantly flowing springs that provide public bathing places throughout the landscape.
The landscape is lush and green and quiet, except for the sounds of nature. It’s cool at night and moderate during the day. For me it was a great relief from the heat of Yogyakarta. There are coffee and rubber plantations up and down the mountainsides, and of course here and there you will see indigofera tinctoria.
Iful is studying marketing at a local college in Ambarawa and has his heart set on building up the business to the point where he can have a separate workshop for dyeing and textile production. Now his family shares their home with every aspect of production. He chose the word, “tinctori” as his brand name.
Iful’s family has enough planted in the area to be able to harvest 3-4 times each month.
Tinctori can be reached at
Facebook: Saiful Nurrudin
This is one of Iful’s recent scarf designs combining batik with shibori.