Manufactures can only rarely compete in quality, though they are cheap. The good buys are hence limited mainly to two categories: handicrafts and antiques, with certain exceptions – notably pirated cassette tapes and locally produced designer clothes.
Batik: Batik Keris, with showrooms in Sarinah, has the largest selection of batik in Jakarta, particularly yard goods and inexpensive kain: Another big Solo based batik maker, Danar Hadi, specialises in finer tulis work fabric and ready made shirts and dresses. The Government Batik Cooperative (GKBI), is rather disappointing a place to get medium – grade Central Javanese batik. Connoisseurs will want to stop in at the shop of designer Iwan Tirta. For batik paintings, Yogya based Amri is the best known artist. Smaller, quality boutiques selling a range of clothes and fabrics include Srikandi and several of the shops on Jl. Palatehan I (Blok M, Kebayoran) and in the Hilton Bazzar (Sultan Hotel). You may also want to see batik being produced at one of the factories in the Palmerah area. Try Berdikari or Hayadi.
Amri Gallery, Batik Berdikari, Batik Hayadi, Batik Mira, Batik Semar, Batik Wijaya, Danar Hadi, GKBI Indonesian Government Batik Cooperative, Hayadi, Iwan Tirta, Keris Gallery, Ratu Plaza, Royal Batik Shop, Semar Jl. Tomang Raya 54 or Sarinah Departement Store, Sidomukti, Soekarno Hatta Airport (waiting room terminal) Srikandi.
Handicraft: These are produced outside of Jakarta (with the exception of cane furniture and some Batik). Nevertheless all are available in the city, and short of going to the original producer, you cannot get them cheaper elsewhere. The first stop for handicrafts of every description is the Handicraft Centre in the Sarinah jaya Department Store in Kebayoran. Here you can get everything from baskets to cane chairs to leather sandals. Them for paintings, carvings, wayang puppets and other “art” items, spend an afternoon or evening at the Art Market (Pasar Seni) in Ancol, where you can observe craftsmen at work and chat with them.
The Indonesia Bazzar at Hilton Hotel (old) has a number of up market boutiques selling quality batik, jewellery and wayang puppets. Many of the antique and art shop at Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur Dalam, Jl. Majapahit and Jl. Paletehan (Kebayoran) also sell handicrafts. A few shops, sucj as the Irian Art and Gift Shop specialise in tribal handicrafts and primitive art.
Antiques and Curios: These are available throughout the city, but especially on Jl. Kebon Sirih Timur Dalam, where there are several tiny shops with names like Bali, Bima, Djody and Nasrum – all stocked with old furniture, weavings, masks, puppets and porcelains. Nearby Johan Art has one of the largest collections of old Chinese porcelains: they will refund your money if you are later not satisfied with your purchase, a rarity in Jakarta. Farther down Jl. Wahid Hasyim is a shop specialising in paewter ware: The Banka Tin Shop. Several other shops are on Jl. H. Agus Salim (Jl. Sabang). All the above are within walking distance of Sarinah or the Sari Pacific Hotel. There are concentrations of antique and art shops in three other areas of the city.
- Tha antique market
- Three shops from the Dutch
- A new row of chic boutiques, galleries and studios catering
Jewellery: many jewellery shops in Jakarta design and produce their own gold and silver work here, prices are higher than in Kota Gede (Yogyakarta) and Bali, but the quality and design are vastly superior especially if you are interseted in Indonesian gems: Borneo diamonds, purple amethly, natural pearls and the West Javanese black opal. This can also be a good place to buy chains, filigree and repouse work. Labour is cheap and workmanship can be good. Check the papers for the current cost of gold and silver per gramme before shopping, so you know exctly how much you are payying for workmanship and design. Most of the quality shops are in the hotels
Ana Gold (Gajah Mada Plaza)
Christian Diamond Jewellery (Ratu Plaza G35 – 36)
Dinasty Collection (Ratu Plaza G8B)
Jay’s Jewellry (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
Judith Tumbelaka (Jl. H. Agus Salim)
Linda Spiro Jewellery (Borobudur Intercontinental, Jl. Lapangan Banteng Selatan)
Olislaeger Jewellers (Jl. Ir. H. Juanda II)
Pelangi Opal & Jewellery Centre (Jl. R.S Fatmawati 42, Cilandak)
SCL Jewellery (Gajah Mada Plaza I/F45, Jl. Gajah Mada)
Sri Sadono (Hotel Indonesia)
Indonesian Paintings: These are generally of three tyoes: traditional, modern and poster kitsch. For works of srious artists, go to the Harris Art Gallery. Oet’s Gallery features the work of a different artist every weeks. Several artists also maintain their own galleries. One example is Adam Lay’s. Check the English language press for exhibittions of Indonesian art at TIM and in foreign embassy cultural centres.
Traditional Balinese and other paintings can be found in the shops selling antiques and curios. The best place to see kitsch is Taman Suropati in Embassy Row. The Art Market in Ancol also has several shops where you may watch artists at work and commision a portrait. Quick portraits can be ordered from the sidewalk artists in front of the General Post Office on Jl. Veteran
Adam Gallery, Sari Pacific Shopping Arcade.
Haris Art Gallery, Jl. Cipete 41, Kebayoran baru.
Oet’s Gallery, Jl. Palatehan 1/33, Kebayoran Baru.
Cassette Tapes: jakarta is also one of the best places in the world to feed your walkman (old). Cassette supermarkets stock hundreds of titles, many of them pirates of the latest pop and classical realeses, recorded on commercial production equipment using quality Maxell, BASF and TDK tapes. A 90 minute recorded pop tape cost only US$1,50; classical and copyrighted Indonesian music are slightly more expensive. The best shops provide cassette tape players with headphones and allow you to pick tapes off the rack, so that you can listen before you buy. The shops on Jl. H. Agus Salim (especially Duta Suara. No. 26A), are convenient and complete. Otherwise try Duta Irama and Aquarius in the Aldiron Plaza, Blok M (No. 38, Gr, FI, and No. 4 – 6, 2nd FI).
Shopping Centres: Visit the shopping streets and big shopping centres in Jakarta, just to see what is available and to indulge in some poeple – watching. This is best done in the early evening when it is cool. The two best places are Pasar Baru (New Market) and the more fashionable Blok M in Kebayoran. A visit to one of the air conditioned shopping plazas like Gajah Mada Plaza and Ratu Plaza can also be a cool way to escape the noonday sun.
Glodok Plaza Jl. Pinangsia.
Glodok Shopping Centre in the middle of Jakarta’s China town.
Pasar Baru, several square blocks of shops, where everything and anything can be bought.
Duta Merlin Shopping Centre Jl. Gajah Mada
Ratu Plaza, Jl. Jend Sudirman, Senayan, one of the newer and brighter air conditioned shopping malls with a supermarket, bookstore, many electronics goods shops, restauranta, and a cinema.
Sarinah Department Store, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No 11.
Sarinah Jaya Shopping Centre, Jl. Iskandarsyah 2.
Tomang Plaza at Jl. Kyai Tapa. And many others.
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