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
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...