Ndalem Wuryaningratan : Batik Museum, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

This European-Javanese stle building is known as nDalem Wuryaningratan. It looks strong, beautiful and glamorous , located on the side of Slamet Riyadi Street in Surakarta. Wuryaningratan was the name of the first owner of this building, Prince Haryo Wuryaningrat, the son in law of king of Surakarta, Paku Buwono X.
The house is not just classic, but inside it displays more than 10,000 pieces of batik from 1840 till 1910. A businessman from Solo, Santosa Doelah, since 2000 used this residence as Batik Museum to keep his batik collections. He collected Batik for 30 years. Among its 10,000 collections, 1,500 collections were from a curator in Troupen Museum, Holland. He has an obsession to take all batik collections abroad to Indonesia that Indonesian generations can still see them.
Batik displayed here are masterpieces such as Dutch , Chinese , Javanese , Hakokai, Indian and Keraton Batik. The whole batik were made for royal family that no wonder there are numbers of larangan (prohibited) motives in this museum.
Larangan motif is batik motif which is not allowed to be worn by common people as it is considered as sacred, such as parang, udan liris, semen motif. The motives are only created for royals, adipati and princes.
The collectiosn were gathered from 4 palaces in Surakarta and Yogyakarta (Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta, Pura Mangkunegara, Keraton Kasultanan Yogyakarta and Pura Pakualaman).