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Batting for the fabric of the environment, one mangrove fruit at a time

Indonesia’s batik-makers are turning to mangroves as demand grows for eco dyes

Tommy Ardiansyah

In a quiet mangrove forest in central Indonesia, a man moves gingerly across vegetation distinguished by its big, wooden-stilt roots, searching for fallen mangrove fruits that rest on leaves or float on the water.

Gathering a handful of what looks like string beans, the man, a batik craftsman, heads home to make natural dye from them.

For the past four years, Sodikin, 48, and his group of batik-makers have shifted from using chemical materials for colouring to mangrove-based products, cutting costs and helping the environment...

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