Sadewa, Dewi Arum, and others: Buy batik from the makers
You may buy all your batik at the Keris or Danarhadi shops in Solo, or cheaper at pasar Klewer.
But you get the best deal in a village that supplies these shops. Just driving through you may see women batik-ing on the verandah. Drop in to Sadewa shop to see the dying process. Head to Dewi Arum for the finest stuff.
A complicated sarung design may take 2 months to produce and sell for USD 120. The women doing the batik-ing earn just USD 1 per day, so their pay is half of the price of such a sarung!
Directions for Kliwonan village:
With own transport take the road to Sragen. Just after entering Karanganyar district (there is a big portal over the road) find a sign ‘Desa Wisata Batik Tulis Halus'. Turn left at this sign. After 1.3 at a fork keep left, after another 1.3 km at a T-crossing turn right. At 4.7 km from the main road there is a crossing. Find the signs for Dewi Arum to the right, for Sadewa and Mahadewi to the left.
With public transport, take a bus for Sragen, drop off at the Karanganyar portal, and find an 'ojek' (piggyback motorbike) to drive you the last 5 km.
What to buy: These shops sell typically at a third of the price you pay in the Keris and Danarhadi shops.
A men's shirt (handmade) or women's blouse: 15,00 USD. A complete set of lady's festivity wear: 150 to 350 USD.
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What to buy: For sure you should have buy some batik clothes
What to pay: you should be bargaining the price they offer, about 70% of their price
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What to buy: It offers Batik apparels and some batik-infused handycrafts.
What to pay: Price is a little high compared to those found in Solo or Jogja town...But hey...there is a price to pay for last minute rush. Anyway, nothing in the airport is cheap (applicable to any airport in this world)!
So unless you want to get your name removed from your Aunty Nat's Christmas card list, you better get her something here! Hehehe!
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