I have a bag made of this batik. hand painted in my birth year ! Hand-drawn vintage Batik 3 Negri Tjoa Siang Gwan, generation of Tjoa family who invented 3 negri style. Private collection of Arief Laksono.
Hokokai batik was made along the north coast java during Japanese occupation from 1942-1945. During the Japanese occupation, numerous batik factories were closed and fine Dutch cotton was scarce. Because of the cotton scarcity, every inch of cloth was used for patterning. Hokokai batik was colourful and a single batik could take twelve months to make.
Batik is one of Indonesian national wealth we are very proud. Moreover, since UNESCO declared Indonesian Batik as one of the world's cultural wealth. We are proud and love Batik Indonesia. Let's continue to be proud and wear Batik Indonesia.