At a Glance:

Indonesia is a country with a rich textile tradition. The country is home to a wide variety of traditional textiles, each with its own unique history and cultural significance.

One of the most famous Indonesian textiles is batik. Batik is a type of resist dyeing technique that is used to create intricate patterns on fabric. Batik is believed to have originated in Indonesia, and it is still practiced today by a large number of artisans.

Another famous Indonesian textile is ikat. Ikat is a type of textile that is made by tying the threads of the fabric before dyeing them. This creates a resist pattern on the fabric that is unique to ikat.

In addition to batik and ikat, Indonesia is also home to a wide variety of other traditional textiles, such as songket, tenun, and tapis. These textiles are all made using different techniques and materials, and they each have their own unique beauty.

A textile tour of Indonesia would be a great way to learn about the country's rich textile tradition. On such a tour, you would have the opportunity to visit traditional textile villages, meet the artisans who make these textiles, and learn about the history and significance of these textiles.

Artists Profile:

Judy Vincentz Gula, owner of Artistic Artifacts and Batik Tambal, is a published fiber and mixed media artist, who loves to share her knowledge and skills in textiles and mixed media art with others.

Judy has had a passion for fiber most of her life. She started as a weaver, spinner, dyer, and a collector of all things vintage and ethnic fabrics. She studied fashion design at Radford University, earning degrees in fashion design and business marketing.. Judy spent fifteen years as a member of the Potomac Fiber Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and her studio at that time was included on the James Renwick Alliance Studio Tour. Judy now enjoys merging all that she has learned from her many interests and channeling that into her business and making mixed media art quilts as well as shop samples using the unique collection of fabrics carried at Artistic Artifacts

Judy grew up in a family business that sold and manufactured parts for European automobiles. Her entrepreneurial spirit was born of this hands on, real-world education, preparing her for the business side of running a brick and mortar shop and online store. Judy finds inspiration in new and vintage materials and shares her love of art and empowering others to develop their own style. You may find her teaching a class, sharing her knowledge in the shop or at a guild lecture, or working with a customer on choosing the right fabric or supplies to create their own vision.

In 2012, Judy and her husband Dave, bought Batik Tambal, which includes artisan batik panels from Indonesian artists, her own line of batik fabrics, sarongs, and an unique collection of new and vintage copper tjaps used in the batik making process. In 2019, Judy’s Colorful Batik Panel Quilts: 28 Quilting and Embellishing Inspirations from Around the World, was published by Landauer Publishing. In her first book you will enter Judy’s world of these bright, colorful batik panels Judy’s passion for vivid and intricate panel designs inspires beautiful art quilts and home décor that celebrate the fair trade movement..

Judy’s work has appeared in A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited and Cutting-Edge Art Quilts, both by Mary W. Kerr; Creating Celebration Quilts by Cyndi Souder; First-Time Beading on Fabric by Liz Kettle; Modern Hand Stitching by Ruth Chandler and juried into the Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition. Judy was a co-founder of “Power Suits: An Art Quilt Challenge” and “Arts & Old Lace: An Art Quilt Challenge”. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Textile and Fiber Art List (TAFA). Artistic Artifacts is a sponsor of Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition and Textile and Fiber Art List.

Highlight of the Tour:

• Visit to famous temples and textile museums

• Participate in 2 Batik printing workshop

• Natural Dyeing workshop

• Village experiences – see farming, weaving, cooking, traditional houses and everyday life

• Puppet making workshop

• Visit to traditional weavers

• Experience local culture and cuisine

• 2 leisure days to enjoy sunshine at the Sanur Beach

• Textile expert accompanying guide during the tour

• America based Mixed Media artist Ms Judy Gula will accompany the tour and share her expertise in Batik and Ikat

• One company staff will accompany you for better coordination and to look after the you.

• Tour & Transfer as mentioned in the program by air-conditioned Vehicle

Textile Journey of Indonesia

  • Day 1: 01 May 2024 Arrival in Jakarta

    On arrival in Jakarta, you will be met by Aahilya Holidays representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

    Dinner is at the hotel.

  • Day 2: 02 May 2024 Jakarta Textile Tour

    Breakfast is at your hotel

    After breakfast our Indonesian Textile experience begins with a visit of the Textile Museum (Museum Tekstil). The museum houses a collection of textiles from various islands in Indonesia, such as Javanese batik, Bali Songket and Ikat.

    Lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis.

    We will also be treated to a demonstration and hands-on activities in batik-making and operating a manual weaving tools. Here we will be joined by Judith Knight-Achjadi, a prominent Indonesian textile anthropologist, who will give us an in-depth talk, called ‘An Overview of Indonesian Wastra’. Ms. Achjadi was one of the contributors in the paper that lead UNESCO to recognize Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

    Dinner is at local restaurant Overnight stay at your hotel.

  • Day 3: 03 May 2024

    After Breakfast flight to Yogyakarta. On arrival check-in at your hotel.

    Lunch will be on direct payment basis.

    Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.

    Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

  • Day 4: 04 May 2024 Essence of Yogyakarta

    Get picked by driver and tour guide from your hotel and head to the heart of Yogyakarta City Centre: The Sultans Palace. After Sultan Palace, we move on to the neighbouring former royal garden, the water castle of Taman Sari, which was built in 1758 by the prince.

    After lunch (on your own, we will drive to the recommended restaurant), head on to our natural dye batik specialist for a half day Batik workshop.

    After this exciting day full of new impressions and authentic experiences, you will get taken back to your hotel and have the delicious dinner at the hotel.

  • Day 5: 05 May 2024 Candirejo Village and Borobudur Temple

    After breakfast, drive for today’s trip to Candirejo Village where you will explore local house by horse cart, passing plantations, and rice fields. Stops are made for you to watch as the locals go about their daily activities such as, vanilla and chili harvesting, making home- made traditional snacks from cassava, and learn to play traditional music instruments.

    Lunch will be at the local restaurant on direct payment basis.

    From here, continue to Borobudur Temple the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. Discover intriguing history related to Javanese kingdom, cultures, and religions.

    Return to your hotel in Yogyakarta for overnight. Dinner at the local restaurant.

  • Day 6: 06 May 2024 Prambanan Temple and Ullen Sentalu Museum

    In the morning, start today’s journey visiting beautiful Hindu temple in Yogyakarta. Built on the ninth Century, Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia.

    Lunch will be at local restaurant on direct payment basis

    Afterwards, continue to Ullen Sentalu Museum – where relics and artefacts are saved carefully. Explore Mataram's noble culture through a collection of paintings, photographs, poems, and batik that are narrated beautifully.

    Dinner at the local restaurant.

  • Day 7: 07 May 2024 Solo Textile Tour

    Today we drive to Solo, which also called Surakarta – located in the heart of Central Java. Firstly, we visit a royal palace that was established in 1745.

    Begin the textile journey, you will be taken to explore Surakarta’s batik having a long tradition in Java. First to Danar Hadi Batik Museum, a charming house that is home of almost 10,000 batik clothes and is recognized nationally as the museum with the largest collection of Batik. Here, get to understand that Batik cloths are different from each period, influenced from different cultures and environments.

    Continue to Batik Kauman Village. Stroll around this oldest centre of Solo by traditional pedicab, Javanese “tuk-tuk” to see charming old buildings that also are home Batik industries. Get the chance to see up-close Batik drawing, interact with the local artists, and try yourself how to draw some Batik motifs.

    In the afternoon, drive back to Yogyakarta for overnight. Dinner will be at your hotel

  • Day 8: 08 May 2024 Puppet Making Workshop

    Breakfast at Hotel. Another day of a hands-on experience! We will take you to a puppet theatre to meet puppet artist and creators. Led by them, you will join a workshop to learn how to make puppets; using papers, rattans, bamboos, balloons, fabrics, found objects – or even fruits and veggies.

    Drive back to hotel and enjoy rest of the day free at leisure.

    Dinner at the local restaurant.

  • Day 9: 09 May 2024 Journey from Yogyakarta to Bali

    In the morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

    At the appropriate time, you will be picked up by our guide and driver who will transfer you to the airport to catch a flight to Bali by Garuda Indonesia

    Upon arrival in Bali, you will be welcomed and directly transferred to your Hotel in Ubud.

  • Day 10: 10 May 2024 Natural Dyeing Workshop

    After breakfast, visit to Cinta Bumi Artisans Studio where eco-friendly and environment friendly clothes are in creations. Meet the local artist which also the owner of studio to discover the art of natural dyeing, identify plants to do natural dyeing, and mindful design of clothes.

    We create a 2 Day Workshops to allow you unlocking those beautiful techniques.

    Today you will be taken to understand what natural dyes is, where are they come from, and identify the plants which you might could find nearby, from the garden, market, or leftover food. Furthermore, you will be shown how to design your clothes mindfully.

    Dinner at the hotel.

  • Day 11: 11 May 2024 Natural Dyeing Workshop

    Breakfast at the Hotel.

    Today you will continue your journey on Natural Dyeing by joining a second day of workshop. On a mini silk scarf, you will practice eco-printing using natural materials, leaves or flowers. While waiting for the print to adjust, get your hands-on pound dyeing on a fabric pouch.

    Each creation is unique, and the full class will be a valuable lesson for students who love the art of textile print and dyeing. At the end of the session, the artist will share secrets how to preserve and protect dyed clothing from fading.

    Dinner at the hotel.

  • Day 12: 12 May 2024 Explore Sidemen Countryside

    In the morning, we will take you to explore Sidemen – Bali countryside located in the east part of the island of Gods. First, join 2 hours walk on farmer paths to admire the famous landscapes and paddy fields of Sidemen. Learn about Balinese traditional irrigation system, plantations, and witness how the farmers work on their fields.

    We also will visit the village to see closer Balinese traditional house, their traditions, and lifestyle. Lastly, find out the ancestral know-how of Balinese weavers. Witness the techniques and process of textiles fabrics. A great opportunity to learn about this ancient art form, also to understand textile roles in the expression and recognition of spiritual beliefs.

    Dinner at the local restaurant.

  • Day 13: 13 May 2024 Journey from Ubud to Sanur

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    At the appropriate time, check out from your hotel and enjoy sightseeing tour to Sanur.

    Firstly, to Gunung Kawi is an 11-th century temple which located on the side of river. Besides its beautiful architecture, the nature surrounding will enhance overall experience.

    Then to Tirta Empul temple which also the source of holy water. It has 30 holy water springs and 2 pools where the Balinese hold water purification ceremony. Lastly, to Tohpati craft village famous for hand-weaving Batik.

    Dinner will be at your hotel.

  • Day 14: 14 May 2024 Free at leisure in Sanur

    Enjoy a free day at your own pace. Simply relax by the beach or experience hotel’s facilities. Our Optional Tours are available for further exploration.

  • Day 15: 15 May 2024 Free at leisure in Sanur

    Enjoy a free day at your own pace. Simply relax by the beach or experience hotel’s facilities. Our Optional Tours are available for further exploration.

  • Day 16: 16 May 2024 Departure

    Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a free morning at leisure. Our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to next destination

Tour Cost

JUDY GULA Textile Journey of Indonesia with Judy Gula
DATE OF TRAVEL 01 – 16 May 2024
Based on stay in a twin share Room USD 3630
Based on stay in a Single Private Room USD 4490