Antique Copper Indonesian Batik Tjaps (Chops) Flower Design
From Indonesia, antique copper tjap (chops) stamp intricate patterns of flowers are used in the batik fabric making process. Each stamp is painstakingly hand made using the process of soldering small copper strips in place to make a design. Like snowflakes, you will never find two stamps exactly alike. These wonderful 3 dimensional copper stamps have been used for quite a number of decades now in Indonesia for applying wax in the art of batik, and are collected as pieces of art in their own right by collectors, also by artisans in other countries to use. These days having a new stamp made to order will cost you in the neighborhood of $200-$300. True batik is now enjoying resurgence in popularity, so more batik businesses in Indonesia are re-opening and putting the tjaps that remain in the country back into use. Hence, they are becoming scarce for collectors or artists outside the country. This tjap came from Indonesia in the early 1970s and has been a valued part of my collection from Indonesia. The original handle has been removed so it can be placed on the wall easier. This tjap is not like the current ones being made but rather the very intricate design used in the 40s and 50s. This is truly a one of a kind piece that was used to make the old Javanese brown and blue sarongs in a traditional flower pattern.