COURT BATIK -
PURA PAKUALAMAN BATIK
The Pakualaman lands were originally part of the Yogyakarta sultanate. In 1813, the sultanate was divided into the Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta and the Kadipaten Pakualaman, as a result of hostilities between the Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and the English Lieutenant Governor-General, Thomas Stamford Raffles. Therefore, the cultures of the two palaces have many similarities. Batik cloth and designs are no exception to this. Pakualaman court batik designs and styles began to change after the Kasunanan and the Pakualaman were joined by blood through the marriage of Sri Paku Alam VII to a daughter of Sri Susuhunan Paku Buwana X.
It was this Surakartan princess who gave Surakartan colors and nuance to Pakualaman batik, so that Pakualaman batik came to present a blend of Yogyakarta court batik designs and Surakarta court batik colors. The Pakualaman princesses also admired the batik of the Surakarta court, which is still the fashion today. Two prominent Pakualaman batik designs are Pola Candi Baruna, well-known since before 1920, and Peksi Manyura, Parang Gapit seling Ceplok, Parang Rusak seling Huk, and Dodot with Kupu Tarung Design.