Pasisir Batik Road - Cirebon - Masina Workshop
|Outside H. Budiarno Masina's Batik & Antique Shop in Trusmi- Ian Reed, Ida Masina, Budi Masina & Self
In BATIK- Fabled Cloth of Java published in 1984 by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, Inger McCabe Elliott wrote- there are few north coast batikers these days who produce Cirebon batiks in tulis as well as the Masinas.
|Budi Masina with his son Hadiyono [Photo-Ian Reed]
Cirebon is situated on the north coast of Java, on the border between West and Central Java. It was formerly a busy harbour visited by vessels from abroad as well as other parts of the Indonesian archipelago. Cirebon had two royal courts: Kasepuhan and Kanoman. It is also one of the nine centres from which Islam was spread throughout Indonesia. It was one of the earliest Islamic states in Java and concentrated on the development of the arts and the spreading of the faith by peaceful means rather then military expansion. There has been a rich fusion of religious faiths and cultures and it is easy to find the combination of Chinese, Arab and Hindu features with those of Cirebon. An example of this fusion is the imaginary beast called the Peksi Naga Liman or the Singa Barong.
Cirebon batiks are the only textiles on Java which depict landscapes.These are usually representations of rock gardens and grottoes surrounding the palace of the local ruler, featuring fantastic animals borrowed from Hindu and Arab mythology (refer to an earlier posting of a work from the Masina workshop with the design known as Nagashebha ('seated serpent'), which features fantastic animals from Hindu mythology.
The works that have been sourced from Budi and Ida on this visit, will be illustrated in future postings once they have been professionally photographed. They include a number of works by Ibu Masina and antique works from Pekalongan; a wonderful tiga negri (a cloth made in three different production centres on the Pasisir and central Java, combining the motifs and colours of all three) from Cirebon; a pagi-sore ('morning-afternoon') from Indramayu; and Tegal.
When you are next in Cirebon a visit to Budi and Ida Masina's shop is a must. It will be an experience you will never forget. Apart from the magnificent batik that will take days to go through, the walls of the shop are adorned with brilliant Indonesian paintings by major artists. Sit down on the floor with Budi and Ida and enjoy being shown exquisite batik both old and new.
Budi and Ida are two very kind, special and generous people who love to share their knowledge and passion for batik with you. Hadiyono also shares with much enthusiasm his knowledge of batik and ensures your visit is an enjoyable and memorable one.
After visiting Budi, Ida and Hadiyono take a stroll across the street to Anggon, Wediyanto Masina's shop and workshop, it is also a must do. Here you can watch in awe the batiking skills of the women who will each be working on cloths at various stages of the batik process.
H. BUDIARNO MASINA (Budi, Ida & Hadiyono)
Batik and Antique Shop
Trusmi - Plered - Cirebon
Telephone: (0231) 321700
Wediyanto Masina (Budi's younger brother)
Trusmi Kulon No. 381
Plered - Cirebon
Telephone: (0231) 320300 - 320707
Hp: (0231) 3315015