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Java Batik 26
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Java Batik 27
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Java Batik 28
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Java Batik 29
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Ayunda, a local Indonesian, wearing batik in rural Java.

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Java Batik 30
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
15 Apr 2015

Indonesian girl wearing batik in rural Yogyakarta.

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Java Batik 01
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.

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Java Batik 02
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Batik clothes are put outside to dry in the heat of the sun.

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Java Batik 03
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Batik clothes are put outside to dry in the heat of the sun.

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Java Batik 04
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Batik clothes are put outside to dry in the heat of the sun.

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Java Batik 05
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Batik clothes are put outside to dry in the heat of the sun.

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Java Batik 06
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Batik clothes are put outside to dry in the heat of the sun.

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Java Batik 07
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Washing away the remains of chemical dyes.

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Java Batik 08
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.

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Java Batik 09
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.

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Java Batik 10
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

A cap saves time by allowing artisans to stamp delicate patterns onto the cloth that would otherwise take hours to draw by hand.

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Java Batik 11
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.

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Java Batik 12
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Washing away the remnants of chemical dye with boiling-hot water and a broom.

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Java Batik 13
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

A cap saves time by allowing artisans to stamp delicate patterns onto the cloth that would otherwise take hours to draw by hand.

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Java Batik 14
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

The caps were introduced to Indonesia by the Dutch collonists - they helped utilize the lengthy process behind creating batik and boost the working efficiency.

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Java Batik 15
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Man applies a chemical dye to the cloth using a paintbrush. He sits in the sun so that the intricate patterns can be clearly seen.

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Java Batik 16
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Man applies a chemical dye to the cloth using a paintbrush. He sits in the sun so that the intricate patterns can be clearly seen.

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Java Batik 19
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

A man shows me a picture he took of me during a break from work.

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Java Batik 19
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.

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Java Batik 21
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
By Nanook
14 Apr 2015

Making traditional batik in Yogyakarta's Special Region, Indonesia.

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Bangladesh weaving 01
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Colourful yarn outside a house in South Rupshi, a typical Bangladeshi village with dusty winding roads and simple houses built close together.

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Bangladesh weaving 02
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Mizanur, a weaver from South Rupshi outside Dhaka, working on a jamdani scarf. Jamdani is an age-old tradition, which saw its heydays during the era of Mughal rule. It was declining for a long time but is seeing a revival today.

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Bangladesh weaving 03
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Mizanur, a weaver in one of the village workshops. Each sari is commonly woven by two weavers, only small scarves are made by one person.

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Bangladesh weaving 04
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Two weavers in South Rupshi outside of Dhaka weave fine sari fabrics on traditional wooden looms. The craft, dating back to ancient times, is seeing a revival in Bangladesh and India.

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Bangladesh weaving 06
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Mohammad Azim, a weaver in South Rupshi. The sari he's working on is a wedding sari, in the traditional red colour. Wedding saris are the most elaborate, and the weaving is headed by a senior weaver with a younger apprentice by her or his side.

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Bangladesh weaving 07
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Almost all people in South Rupshi work in one way or another with jamdani weaving. The man in the photo is taking care of an old sari, fixing small holes and stains on the fabric. He calls it "the sari dry cleaner".

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Bangladesh weaving 08
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

In a courtyard in South Rupshi. The women and the man take care of saris that people have used and want restored to a condition like new. To make the fabric crisp again, they wet it with a mixture of rice and water.

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Bangladesh weaving 09
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

A small boy looks on as a woman spins yarn onto a wooden spindle in a courtyard in South Rupshi, outside Dhaka in Bangladesh. The village residents are involved in every step of the weaving process, from spinning and colouring the yarn to weaving the saris from start to finish.

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Bangladesh weaving 11
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Alomgir and Sultana, brother and sister, work together on a white sari with golden decorations. All saris are woven by two weavers, one senior and one apprentice. Jamdani weaving is a collaborative work.

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Bangladesh weaving 12
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

A weaver spinning yarn in the corner of a workshop in South Rupshi. Many weavers work in their homes, other in simple shared workspaces nearby where they live. It allows them to stay close to their families, which many workers from rural Bangladesh cannot. The option for many is work in the garment industry, which employs over 4 million people, mostly, women, but offers low wages and dangerous working conditions.

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Bangladesh weaving 13
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Detail of a jamdani scarf woven on a wooden loom. The weavers follow no manuals, all patterns are made from memory. There are hundreds of symbols, many taking their names from things in the Bangladeshi countryside.

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Bangladesh weaving 14
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

A senior weaver and a young boy. Traditionally, the knowledge of jamdani weaving is passed on to children when they are young. It remains like that today, but most children only weave after they have been to school in the afternoons.

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Bangladesh weaving 15
South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
10 Apr 2015

Weavers in South Rupshi working together in a shared space in the center of the village. The saris are sold in Dhaka's most expensive sari shops, and exported abroad. About 1/3 of the fabrics are sold to India, where saris are used for all kinds of occasions.