Indigo is one of the world’s oldest natural blue dye that was originated from the plant Indigofera. Pekalongan in the 19th century was one of the largest indigo exporter in the world–the time when blue indigo dye was an expensive commodity in European market.
Batik is a process of blocking or marking a cloth with wax and then dyeing it in color. In 2009, UNESCO recognized batik as the world heritage from Indonesia

Zahir Widadi, a renowned batik expert/artist, anthropologist, and the Dean of Batik faculty in the University of Pekalongan, would happily share his expertise in batik-making and indigo-coloring with all-natural ingredients. You can amuse yourself by designing your own batik (hand-painted or stamped), under the guidance of Pak Zahir and his wife.

Not only that, you can also witness the magical process when Indigofera leaves turned into natural blue dye! This is the natural blue dye that would later be used to dip and color the batik you’ve designed.

Do you know that the color of your Indigo batik will be a unique and one-of-a-kind shade of blue? This is possible because the natural indigo dye will produce different shades of blue every time! We are pleased for being able to deliver this unique experience of creating natural indigo-dye batik for you, together with Pak Zahir and his family.

This workshop is a one-day workshop, conducted from 9 AM until 5 PM. It is necessary to have a minimum of 4 participants to run the workshop. The workshop package includes:

  • A 1D/2N stay at The Sidji Hotel
  • Transport from the hotel to Pak Zahir’s indigo studio and vice versa
  • Batik-making tools and indigo dye
  • Lunch and drinks (tea and mineral water) throughout the class

Please contact us at to find out more about the workshop and receive our price list.