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Batik Shop (illustration)

Yogyakarta is special. For those who are or have been to Jogja must feel the aura of that privilege. “Every corner of Jogja is Romantic,” said Anies Baswedan.

Traveling in this city is always fun. Take a walk in Malioboro, ride an ornamental light bike in the square, trekking to Mount Merapi, enjoy the beauty of the rising sun in Borobudur, watch Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan temple, and also feel the sensation of culinary tour that pamper our tongue and stomach.

So memorable. You do not want your memories about Yogyakarta just disappear, do you? One thing you can do to remember Yogyakarta is to buy typical souvenirs of this city.

Read Also: Typical Food and Snack of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Here is a list of typical Jogja souvenirs that you can bring home:

1. Batik

Batik can not be separated from Yogyakarta, and usually included in the list of souvenirs purchased by tourists who come to this city.  Batik is a craft that has high artistic value and has been a part of Indonesian culture (especially Java) since a long time.

Based on its making techniques, there are three types of batik:

  • Batik tulis is a cloth decorated with texture and batik style by hand. It takes approximately 2-3 months to make this type of batik.
  • Batik cap (tjap) is a cloth decorated with texture and batik style formed with a stamp (usually made of copper). It takes approximately 2-3 days to make this type of batik.
  • Batik lukis is the process of making batik by direct painting on white cloth.

You can buy batik in various forms, such as clothing, cloth, bag, handicrafts and more.

Some areas that sell Batik in Yogyakarta are:

  • Jalan Malioboro
  • Pasar Beringharjo
  • Kampung Batik Ngasem
  • Kampung Batik Giriloyo
  • Desa Batik Kayu Krebet

2. Silver Craft from Kotagede

Kotagede is a center of silver handicrafts that have been famous since long time ago. Kotagede silver handicrafts originated from the customs of the craftsmen in Kotagede making crafts, jewelry and other supplies for the King and his relatives of the Mataram Kingdom. The expertise is passed down from generation to generation until now.

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Silver Craft Kotagede (source: nitaangel.wordpress.com)

The development of the Kotagede silver company experienced a glorious period between 1930-1940s with the emergence of new companies, quality improvement, and the creation of new motifs.

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Silver Ring Kotagede (source: siloka.com)

The silver industry began to grow and penetrate the world market when a Dutch merchant came and ordered European household goods with silver material. The items include candle holder, cutlery, trophies, ashtrays and European-style jewelry with typical Yogyakarta motifs dominated by leaves, flowers, and lungs (vine).

Currently there are dozens of silver art shop spread throughout the Kotagede region. Not just buy, you can also see the process of making silverware there.

3. Kasongan Pottery

Other Yogyakarta souvenirs are pottery or craft from clay material. Central pottery area in Yogyakarta is Kasongan Village, Bangunjiwo, Kasihan District, Bantul. Here you can see the process of making pottery. Starting from the formation of clay to burning and staining.

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Kasongan Pottery (source: nitaangel.wordpress.com)

Kasongan villagers have been craftsmen of pottery since the 17th century. In the 1970s, the famous artist of Yogyakarta Sapto Hoedoyo introduced a touch of art on Kasongan pottery to increase its esthetic value.

Kasongan pottery has been trusted to have good quality. You can find Kasongan pottery in various forms, such as jars, sculptures, ashtrays, flower vases, decorative lights, and miniature vehicles: bicycles, cars, and rickshaws.

4. Yogya T-shirt

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Dagadu T-Shirt (source: dagadu.co.id)

In Malioboro there are many traders who sell T-shirts with the writings or typical Yogya drawings. Nowaday, there are many manufacturers of Yogya T-shirt, but the famous one is Dagadu.

Like Joger T-shirt in Bali, Dagadu T-shirt seems to have become the identity of Yogyakarta. Over 20 years, Dagadu has always been the choice of tourists. Dagadu itself comes from the language Walikan or Jogja slang, which means ‘your eyes’, as the logo of this shirt that shaped an eye. This shirt is synonymous with pictures, sentences, and funny poem.

You can get these kind of T-shirts along Malioboro Street. And specifically for Dagadu, it is said that the original only exist in three places: Malioboro Mall, Ambarukmo Plaza and Pakuningratan area which is the location of the Dagadu factory.

5. Surjan and Blangkon

Surjan is the official outfit for Javanese men, similar to suits. The use of Surjan is limited in Yogyakarta area. Sometimes many are mistaken by calling Surjan as Beskap. Though Beskap is the official outfit of Javanese men for the region of Surakarta.

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Surjan Lurik (source: blangkonjogjakarta.blogspot.co.id )

Surjan and Beskap differences can be easily recognized, ie from the location of the buttons. In surjan, the button position is straight from top to bottom, while the position of the beskap button sideways. Beskap also thicker than Surjan.

Based on its pattern, Surjan is divided into two types: Surjan Lurik and Surjan Ontrokusuma. Surjan lurik patterned stripes, while Surjan Ontrokusuma flowered (kusuma). This type of difference can not be separated from the historical factor which records that Surjan Ontrokusuma is a special outfit for Mataram aristocrats, while Surjan Lurik is a uniform for the royal apparatus and the soldiers.

Surjan’s complement is the use of headgear or Blangkon, a traditional Javanese headdress worn by men. Characteristic of Jogja’s blangkon  is to have “mondolan”, sort of bulge on the back side. In the past, this mondolan serves to keep the hair to look neat. You can get these two traditional clothes in Beringharjo Market or batik shops as mentioned in point 1 above.

6. Wayang Puppets

As you already know, wayang is Indonesia’s native art performances that thrive in Java and Bali. The show is also popular in some areas such as Sumatra.

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Wayang Puppets in shadows

Wayang puppets can be an alternative for you to take home as souvenirs. Wayang puppets are usually sold in units of each character or in a particular package. The size is also different, there are large, medium and small.

The characters of puppet puppets are Puntadewa or Yudhistira, Werkudara or Bima, Arjuna, Gatot Kaca, Nakula and Sadewa, as well as figures such as Semar, Petruk, Gareng, and Bagong.

7. Other Accessories

In addition to the above items, you can also buy some accessories such as bracelets, hats, key chains, rings, wallets, small bags, and others. Along Jl. Malioboro you can easily find merchants who sell these accessories.

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Wooden Bracelet (source: pasarjogja.wordpress.com)

Or another option is a typical beach souvenirs made from shell shells or other marine animals are processed into various wall hangings, necklaces, container lamps, curtains, photo frames, and others. You can get this kind of souvenirs at Baron Beach and Kukup Gunung Kidul.

So, have you got any ideas what to bring back from Yogya? Hopefully the explanation above is quite clear and become a reference for you.

In addition to souvenirs, you might also want to buy some typical Yogya food to take home. If so, please read this article: Typical Food and Snack of Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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