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Batik: An Indonesian Textile with a Lot of History and Culture

What is Batik?

Batik, which originated in Indonesia, is an art form that utilizes a wax-resistdyeing technique to color cloth. Batik is one of the finest traditional handicrafts. UNESCO has designated Indonesian batik and ikat as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 30th, 2009.

The Brief History of Batik

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The history of batik in Indonesia is a long one, spanning thousands of years. Batik was developed in Eastern Indonesia, present day Maluku and Tanimbar Islands, while the west coast of Java and Bali, developed their own forms of textile art. The word batik itself is said to have originated from the Javanese word “batek” or wax.

These clothes are made by imprinting colorful wax onto fabric, and then dyeing the fabric in a complementary color to the wax, revealing bold patterns behind the wax. Batik patterns have actually been found on a piece of cloth from 7th century China, but it wasn't until the Dutch settlers came to Indonesia that batik became popular.

What is it Used For Today?

Batik is an artistic production of wax-resist dyeing which Indonesia has been applying in its culture for centuries. Traditional batik patterns are actually fond of symbolizing culture, religion, and identity within Indonesian communities, but nowadays batik is also used in other purposes as well such as clothing, art, ornaments, accessories and more.

Batik Clothes:
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Batik Shoes:
Batik: An Indonesian Textile with a Lot of History and Culture
and many more...
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