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Giyarti Takarina
Sungsang Batik
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Triumph over adversity is exactly the mindset behind Giyarti Takarina’s entrepreneurial success.

In 2006 a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit this part of Indonesia killing over 5,700 people and leaving 600,000 homeless. With severe damage to land and infrastructure, many local people had to switch from farming to other ventures that could be done with limited resources and in extremely challenging circumstances.

Inspired to uphold a traditional Indonesian heritage which has cascaded through the generations for thousands of years, Giyarti decided to start her own batik workshop in January 2007.

Using traditional handmade techniques, Giyarti creates batik fabric for clothing and other applications using natural dyes.

Since its launch, Sungsang Batik has enjoyed considerable success. It has grown to employ 35 staff, production has increased to 200 units each month, and turnover has increased eight fold.

As well as having a significant impact on the local economy, Giyarti is also helping to protect the environment. She’s preserving local vegetation by growing indigenous plants and herbs to produce the batik dyes, including redwood, saffron, and mahogany.

Determined to build on her rapid success, Giyrati plans to increase the quality and variety of her batik products, and to begin exporting.



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