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 a framed border print version for sale on eBay:

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.

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7 Replies to “Tjap”

  1. This post has to be my favourite one from all the blog hopping I’ve done today! Didn’t know about Tjap at all! Knew that there was batik and block printing in Indonesia, but didn’t know it was called that or that it was made of copper! No wonder its so expensive!

    1. Thanks Divya! I had searched for these forever and didn’t know there were some in this shop only a half hour drive away. I will hang mine, mixed with wood Indian block prints.

    2. If anyone is looking for Tjaps, I know just the right place to purchase them. They are all in good condition and are priced reasonably. I am willing to waive the shipping fee for you or anyone that you refer to my site. Just mention “India pied a terre” at the time of the purchase and I will return the shipping fee. Thanks!

  2. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog and posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing your feed and I hope to read your blog again.

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