BATIK means “writing in wax”and originally comes from Java island. Used as rich patterned cloths for religious ceremonials, it was later introduced to Bali, Malaysia and other remote countries - Africa, China, India,the Philippines, Sri Lanka. Among all, Indonesia and Malaysia stand out for the remarkable Batik artworks produced with unique designs and creativity. Far from imagining the immense creativity that surrounds batiks, motifs, names of patterns and colours are indeed symbolic of diverse national and community cultural identities or religious beliefs, and remain deeply embedded into everyday life and culture.
Dots and lines are drawn on a cloth with how Wax using a “canting” – a kind of spouted, pen-like tool – or a brass print block. The wax acts as a dye-resist, so that once the cloth is dyed by dipping it in a dye bath or hand painting with a brush, only the desired area will be coloured. Once dry, sections of wax are removed (either by scraping or boiling in hot water) and dipped in dye again. This process is repeated until the entire cloth is coloured.
Each Batik pattern has a meaning and pays a tribute to special Gods, Natural elements or the surrounding Universe. Indonesian and Malaysian batiks are mostly made by hand using a brush painting method instead of dipping in dye to apply the colours onto the cloth, and are famous for their geometrical and floral designs, animals and human forms.
PRESERVING BATIK AUTHENTICITY
Today, they are widely used as home furnishing textiles making unique table cloths, bed covers, bed runners, and are fashionable garments for classic or modern dressing styles. However, the many batiks that can be found on tourist markets are often industrially made and it takes some experience not to be fooled by a vendor when looking for a quality handmade batik textile. We exclusively sell batiks that are traditionally made by hand using wax drawing and hand-painting because we beleive that Batik tradition is a timeless heritage of humanity that unfolds beauty and spiritual wellness anywhere and to anyone who adopts it, and as such it deserves to be preserved.
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