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How to make the Indonesian cloth, Batik

The Indonesian cloth batik has gone from being used in traditional ceremonial costumes to mainstream fashion items.

Following batik's soaring popularity, other types of Indonesian cloths have also become a fashionable.

Josephine Komara, better known as Obin, is Indonesia's most prominent cloth-maker who uses batik as one of her hand-made techniques.

She showed BBC News some of the skills that have been passed down by generations of Javanese women.

Video journalist: Alice Budisatrijo

  • 26 Sep 2012
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