Batik Batang emerged around the time of the Hindu and Buddha Kingdoms in Java. It is commonly identified with the colors of “iren-irengan” Sogan or brown and black patterns typical to the Batang area. Batik Batang is categorized as a Keratonan Batik or a palace batik. The novelty of this batik comes not only from its different process of manufacturing, but also its representation of a deeply rooted local wisdom of arts from the people of Batang.
Batik Batang initially started with the sogan color or black and brown but have developed further into various colors as the coastal areas of Batang brought in outside influence to the colors. One of the most famous patterns of batik Batang is the Rifaiyah Batik, a legacy from an 18th century preacher Syekh KH. Ahmad Rifa’i.
Batik Rifaiyah comes with the rule of restricting the use of animals or living creatures. The pattern is exchanged by the use of plants and flowers features. The method of wearing is advised as a traditional cloth wrapped around your body without the need of cutting or sewing. These days, the enthusiasm of the people of Batang for producing batik have decreased significantly. There is only one Batik central in the area and the Batik is classified as an endangered traditional batik in the next 10 years.
In order to increase the interest and participation of the people on the preservation of Batik Batang, the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF) conducts some trainings in Batang. The main goal of the trainings are to establish the ecosystem of creative villages focusing on Batik Batang.