batik winotosastro


Batik Winotosastro

Jl.Tirtodipuran 54
Yogyakarta 55143
Tel: +62(0)274.375.218
Fax: +62(0)274.372.133

The Story of Batik Winotosastro

Mr & Mrs. Winotosastro
Batik Winotosastro

In 1940 Bapak (Mr.) Winotosastro stepped up to continue
the family tradition as the fourth generation batik maker
in Yogyakarta.

With two cap tables and a set of caps from his mother, along with seven workers, he began production. The following year he married Ibu (Mrs.) Mudinah who also came from a batik family. Together they built up the factory, still standing in the current location, under the name "Mutiara."

From the beginning, they did not only supply customers in the city of Yogyakarta with batik, but extended their range to Magelang, Muntilan and as far as Jakarta and Bali. The ties to Bali grew over the years until a second store location was built there in 1977.

In order to help regulate the availability of batik raw materials like cotton cloth and dyes, Bp. Winotosastro joined with other batik businesses in Yogya to form a batik cooperative called PPBI in 1947. The PPBI became one of the pioneers behind developing the Gabungan Koperasi Batik Indosnesia, GKBI, as a private umbrella organization for all batik businesses in Indonesia. Bp. Winotosastro was one of the prominent members of PPBI and also held several positions at GKBI in Jakarta.

While he was busy working at GKBI, his wife Ibu Mudinah ran the business in Yogya with help from their children. In 1962 Bp. Winotosastro stepped down from his job at GKBI and chose to focus his attention on his batik factory. That was the beginning of a resurgence of interest in batik in Europe, America, and Australia, which helped the company grow very quickly. The workforce expanded to nearly 100 employees and sales were not bound by cities within Indonesia but spread to many different countries. In 1960 they registered under a new trade name, Abimanju and in the early 1970s became known as Batik Winotosastro.

Before the mid-1960s, all the cotton fabric for batik, as well as the dyes, was imported. Indonesia finally began producing cambric cloth itself. This reduced one of the major costs of production and made exporting batik an achievable goal.

In the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, Batik Winotosastro often joined selling delegations outside the country sponsored by UNDP, BPEN, MEE and JETRO. In addition, many department stores around the world carried the Batik Winotosastro brand including America, Japan, Italy and France.

The extended Asian economic crisis at the end of the 1990s caused exports to other countries to stop. Even with that, Batik Winotosastro still received orders from individuals and businesses outside Indonesia, although not in the quantities of the 1970s and '80s.

Ibu Hani Winotosastro, 5th generation,
carries on the family tradition.

Today, Ibu Hani continues to honor and preserve the cultural and family heritage by only creating batik with traditional hand waxing and dyeing processes. She works tirelessly to educate others about batik, as well as how to take care of the environment with sound waste treatment practices.

Today Batik Wonotosastro is totally committed to honoring and preserving its cultural heritage by only creating batik with the traditional hand waxed processes, as well as reviving the use of natural dyes.


Batik Winotosastro has been blessed over the years to receive many awards. Perhaps the one most treasured is the national presidential Upakarti Award in 1991 in honor of preserving a traditional Indonesian craft.


We've welcomed many visiting dignitaries from around the world, including Prince Akishino from Japan and Imelda Marcos from the Philippines.

VIP Visit Imelda Marcos
VIP Visit Prince Akishino

Our Commitment to the Environment

In the beginning of the 1960s, chemical dyes began to replace the age-old process of using natural dyes. With this came a concern for disposing the waste water from the factory. In consultation with experts in the field, we devised a simple yet effective system that filters the water until it is Ph neutral when it can safely be thrown away. We've encouraged other factories to implement this cost-effective system also.

As for the wax, it hardens as it cools after the boil out stage. Then we recycle it into the various wax mixtures needed for batik processing.

Our Commitment to our Workers

Batik Winotosastro is truly like a family to our workers and many have been with us for decades.

Winotosastro family
Winotosastro family
Winotosastro family

Jogja Earthquake ~ 27 May 2006

Jogja Earthquake ~ 27 May 2006

Early morning on 27 May 2006, for 57 seconds the earth shook with a violent force and destroyed many parts of the factory. The entire area around our location was severely damaged as well. But after much work, many prayers and help in many forms four months later we were finally able to rebuild and begin operating again.

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For further information about batik, look at our Resources section. You'll find articles and a list of books you might find helpful.