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In Java a rich tradition of complex batik artistry grew up around the court life of the Sultans of Jogyakarta and Solo. Throughout Java this was extended and developed. It is still practised widely today both as a means of earning a living and to provide tradtioinal daily costumes which are worn in Java and Indonesia.

The film shows batik processes in the traditional centres of Jogyaka, Solo and Cirebon. With footage of the traditional costumes and dance, wax application with canting and stamps. The complex waxing, dyeing and rewaxing processes are shown and explained in detail.