What is Batik?
Batik is one of the oldest crafts in the world and
originates from the East Indies, in what is known today as Indonesia
Malaysia. Batik actually refers to a method of drawing or painting with
upon a fabric, after which the material is dyed and the wax removed.
result of this process is a design pattern in silhouette upon the dyed
of the fabric.
Batik was originally an exclusive and very labour-intensive craft
that was conducted under the patronage of the royal houses of
Java and the
Malay kingdoms. In fact, certain patterns could only be worn by members
of the nobility and one could determine the royal lineage of a person
the cloth he or she was wearing.
Today, however, batik has developed into more of a design style rather
than a fabric dyeing process. This unique style is characterised by its
combinations of delicate floral motifs and other elements inspired from
nature, intricate geometrical patterns and strikingly rich hues and
Malayan batik, in particular, developed its own style that is quite
different from Javanese batik, with larger and simpler patterns that
heavily on brush painting to apply colors on fabrics. The colors also
to be lighter and more vibrant than deeply-hued Javanese batik.