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Our next port on our Batiks and Bali quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea was Semerang.

We were greeted at the port by dancers.

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Boarded our tour bus and had a very special morning!  We spent the morning at a batik mill, learning how the cloth is woven, designed, wax drawn on by hand, or stamped and then dyed.

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fabric being woven on loom

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designs being drawn by hand

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batiks being stamped

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fabric, ready to be dyed

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bowl of cantings (tool used to put wax on the cloth by hand)

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display of fabric, ready for us to purchase

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We’ve just returned from a fantastic quilt cruise with Quilt Seminars at Sea to Bali!

Our group traveled to Singapore, where we boarded Holland America’s Vista catagory ship, the Volendam. We spent 14 days, sailing around Indonesia, searching for (and buying!) batiks!

We decided to arrive in Singapore a day early and enjoyed walking around Chinatown as well as the Marina.

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Sights around Chinatown

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Merlion of Singapore, Marina Bay area

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Beautiful art as we walked around the city

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Beautiful skyline and harbor

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After walking around for awhile, it was time to board our ship and sail into our adventure.

After a day of sailing, we arrived at the port of Jakarta.

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After leaving the ship, we boarded our tour bus and our first stop was the largest fabric market in Asia! (Floors and floors and floors of fabric!) We “parked” ourselves in the cotton/batik floor.

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What do I pick first?

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A few members of our group, buying some fabrics

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After lots of fabric buying and a lovely lunch, we had one more stop of our tour, a beautiful department store.  We headed to the 3rd floor, which was filled with fabric, clothing and other items. . .  all batiks

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Fabric and clothing for sale.  (Love the lamp shades!)

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Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at http://www.karencombs.com

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