5 Typical Handicrafts of East Java

Typical handicrafts of East Java
Typical handicrafts of East Java

Typical Handicrafts of East Java. East Java is one of the provinces in Indonesia that has a lot of uniqueness. One of its uniqueness is culture and customs. But many of the culture of East Java received a influence from the province of Central Java. For example there is an area known as Mataraman because in the area was once the territory of the Sultanate of Mataram. The area is located in several cities/districts such as Madiun, Ngawi, Magetan, Ponorogo, Pacitan, Kediri, Tulungagung, Blitar, Trenggalek and partly Bojonegoro. In addition to the culture, the province is located in the eastern part of Java Island has a regency and city with various forms and types of handicraft products. The craftsmen were very skilled in making handicrafts.

5 Typical handicrafts of East Java

There are a lot of handicrafts in East Java. For you who come from outside East Java, this can be a reference for you if you want to buy souvenirs or souvenirs from East Java. Here are 7 typical East Java handicrafts you should know:

1. Batik

Batik Handicraft Typical East Java

Batik is one of Indonesia’s original flagship handicraft products. Every region in Indonesia must have their own local batik. One of the unique batik producing provinces is East Java. Batik Jawa Timur has a more free motive than batik from other regions. Batik of East Java is not bound by the pakem of motifs that existed before. This variety of batik ornaments East Java is naturalist and influenced by various foreign cultures. The colors used are also brighter. There are 5 areas in East Java, which are the most numerous batik craftsmen, namely Madura, Tuban, Sidoarjo, Tulungagung, and Banyuwangi. However, batik from East Java is also found in almost every area in East Java.

One of the cities that will probably be the city Ke6 with the most batik craftsmen in East Java is Malang. Maybe there are not many people who know and recognize handmade Batik crafts typical of Malang. Taukah you if Handmade Batik crafts typical Malang has been there since dozens of years ago. Indeed, Batik Tulis Malang is not as popular as other batik-batik. But this writing batik has its own characteristic and design. The culture dropped since the era of Kanjuruhan and Singosari kingdoms is so far to be preserved to our posterity.


2. Leather Crafts

Handmade Leather Crafts Typical East Java

Who is not familiar with Tanggulangin leather handicraft Center. Tanggulangin, Sidoarjo is one of the places for skilled leather craftsmen. So if to Sidoarjo, do not just to mud Lapindo only. You can also buy leather handicraft products at Tanggulangin Leather Center. One of the leather handicrafts that you can make souvenirs or souvenirs is leather bag. Leather bag from Tanggulangin Sidoarjo has been widely known and recognized quality by the tourists who are the products of leather. In addition to leather bags, the flagship products of Tanggulangin include leather shoes, leather sandals and others. Not only in Indonesia, the work of handicraft from Tanggulangin has even been famous to foreign countries. Leather handicrafts made by Tanggulangin craftsmen can compete with world-level products because of the quality of materials and the construction of the production process.

READ ALSO: Tanggulangin Leather Craft Center

3. Ceramic

Traditional crafts Ceramics East Java

Malang is one of the city in East Java that is famous for its tourism. Many tourists both locally and foreigners who come to Malang to visit some tourist attractions here. Not only tours, one that makes unique this city is ceramic craft. Located at MT Haryono Street, Dinoyo, Kec. Lowokwaru, Malang is filled with various ceramic handicrafts. No wonder they call the Dinoyo ceramic tourism village.

Ceramic Center in Dinoyo, Malang, actually has been around since 1957. At first it became a pottery center and produce household equipment because of its region which is a rice field environment. Looking at the development of Chinese ceramics, finally the craftsmen from Dinoyo then develop semi-porcelain ceramics. As the time progressed more and more ceramics craftsmen sprung from Dinoyo.


To find out more about ceramics craftsmen in Dinoyo, Malang, you can read the following article:

Dinoyo Eps Ceramic Tourism Village Pt.

Maridi has also interviewed one of the pottery craftsmen there. Here’s the video:
Dynasty Tourism village Dinoyo Episode gysum ft Bu Yanti

4. Wood Waste

Wood Waste Crafts typical of East Java

Batokan Village, District of Kasiman, Bojonegoro Regency is the name of one of the village in East Java which is a place for craftsmen of wooden handicrafts. Various handicraft products from wood waste materials are found here. Even some of the resident houses were transformed into such galleries of products of their works. The results of their handicrafts have also been marketed to various regions in Indonesia. The craftsmen claimed to have sent various wooden handicraft products to some areas such as Ngawi, Blora, Jepara, Jakarta, Bali and some areas in Kalimantan, Sumatra and Sulawesi.


In fact, various handicrafts from Batokan village are bought by souvenir merchants from outside the city. The average of the buyers are craftsmen from Bali, Yogya and Jepara, which in the end crafts become special souvenirs in their own area. Though the original craftsmen were from Batokan village.  Therefore, wood waste crafts is one of the typical handicrafts of East Java that is necessary for us to know.

5. Recycling

Tris Flower-Surabaya City Recycling Handicraft Center

Garbage is a useless thing for most people. But for the villagers of Surabaya City Jambangan, Trash can be transformed into a unique and interesting craft. Located at Jalan Jambangan III No. 23, Jambangan, Surabaya City, there is the center of the recycling crafts of Surabaya. Tris Flower is the name of a recycling effort that converts useless garbage into a work that can be used by many people. Bu Tris who is the owner of Tris Flower also invites people around to recycle garbage in their regions. Now Desa Jambangan is one of the clean and beautiful villages. Many of the awards have been accepted by Tris Flower and Desa Jambangan both locally and internationally.

To find out more about recycling centers in Surabaya City Jambangan village, you can read the following article:

Tris Flower, Surabaya City Recycling Crafts Center


Mariworked also visited and conducted interviews with the owner and manager of the Surabaya City Recycling Center. Here’s the video:

So blessing ft Tris Flower

Those are 5 typical handicrafts of East Java that you need to know. In fact, there are many other handicrafts typical of East Java.

READ also the typical handicrafts of Central Java


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NB: Handicrafts are not only in East Java, but also in other places that also have distinctive characteristics in each region

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