Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia –
KRT Hardjonagoro aka Go Tik Swan is an artist, cultural observer and pioneer batik Indonesia. He is said to have made 200 batik patterns that are distinctive and different from batik in general.
What is the batik motif of the legend like?
Before admiring Hardjonagoro’s batik patterns, it is better if you get to know the background first. If you open the Google search engine today, Tuesday (11/5), then you will find a Google Doodle with an illustration of KRT Hardjonagoro.
In the search engine, Hardjonagoro is illustrated unfolding a batik cloth that reads Google. He wore traditional Central Javanese clothes, complete with a blangkon.
Right on this day, Hardjonagoro turns 90. He was born in Surakarta, May 11, 1931. Since childhood, he has been interested in Javanese culture. This Chinese descendant also frequently visited his grandfather’s batik workshop to learn batik. He also studied Javanese literature and dance at the University of Indonesia.
His batik work caught the attention of President Soekarno at that time. In the 1950s, Hardjonagoro was asked by Soekarno to make Indonesian batik in order to be introduced to the international scene.
He died on November 5, 2008 at the age of 77. However, the batik motif is still being produced today.
The Hardjonagoro batik motif is still being hunted to this day. The batik he made is unique because it is different from other batik motifs in general. He combines the bright colors of the Pekalongan batik with a pattern that is full of the typical meaning of Solo-Yogyakarta batik.
For information, Pekalongan batik is usually patterned with a flower bouquet or flower arrangement so that it has bright colors such as yellow, red, and green. Meanwhile, Solo-Yogyakarta batik is usually dark in color such as brown, blue, and pale white, with certain batik motifs that have philosophical meanings.
Here are 4 batik motifs made by the legend, KRT Hardjonagoro, Go Tik Swan.
The sawunggaling pattern is Hardjonagoro’s most popular batik motif. The sawunggaling pattern originates from the tradition of cockfighting in East Java. This bright batik combines light blue, or white, or bright yellow base colors with an eye-catching sawung galing pattern.
Check out other popular Go Tik Swan batik motifs on the next page.
4 Popular Batik Motifs Made by the Go Tik Swan Legend
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