What’s that, you say? Well, tjap is like Indian wood block prints, but made with copper or wood and used in Indonesia for batik printing. I’ve been stalking copper tjap online for awhile, trying to get my hot little hands on some. But they can be difficult to even find, not much less still be available to buy when they are found (they can sell fast), and finding it hard to buy at a reasonable price, I downgraded my collecting expectations to … one tjap? Maybe? Someday? Well if I have to go to Bali or Java to get some, I certainly wouldn’t complain! Here’s what they look like …
Here’s another border tjap:
Here’s the print it makes:
Here’s a tjap on etsy by seller courtneyreckord. Pretty, huh?
This is a pretty scroll which has been sold but there are others available at Kathie George website:
Tjap at Zanzibar Trading Co.:
You can get smaller ones too, like these at Java’ria by Anto:
Here’s a tjap in action, making a batik print (which you can learn much more about here):
Well I found tjap at the Arhaus store. With a 30% off storewide sale, I snapped up some at a discount. Woo hoo! Depending on the pattern, they can look light and lacy or heavy and dense. I chose denser designs to play up the copper color.
Learn more about tjaps and batik printing at Dharma Trading.