10 Facts about Batik

Saturday, May 23rd 2015. | Fashion

If you are interested with a technique used to decorate a cloth, check Facts about Batik. To draw the batik pattern, the wax resist drying will be applied on some parts of the cloth or the whole cloth. The canting is the spouted tool used to draw the pattern. The batik can come in lines or dots. The people who want to have faster printing can use the copper stamp or cap to create the batik pattern easily. Let’s find out more interesting facts about batik below:

Facts about Batik 1: the tradition

Batik is a product of culture. It can be found in various countries in the world such as Malaysia, Nigeria, Indian, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Philippines.  The most well known batik type is from Indonesia.

Facts about Batik 2: the Batik of Java

Most batik in Indonesia is made in Java. The techniques and patterns are diverse because batik has a long history of acculturation.

Batik Facts

Batik Facts

Facts about Batik 3: Indonesian batik

Indonesian batik was selected by UNESCO as Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2009.

Facts about Batik 4: gringsing pattern

In 12th century, gringsing pattern has been known by Rouffaer in Kediri, East Java. This pattern is very nice to create an exquisite batik type. It was made by using canting filled with hot wax.

Batik Pattern

Batik Pattern

Facts about Batik 5: East Javanese Prajnaparamita statues

If you check East Javanese Prajnaparamita statues, you will know the carving details of cloth worn by the statues.  The carving reflects the floral patterns with rounded margins. The statues were made in 13th century. Today, the pattern is called ceplok batik motif or jlamprang.

Facts about Batik 6: batik in sub-Saharan Africa

Batik is also well known in Sub-Saharan Africa after it was introduced by English and Dutch traders in 19th century. The Javanese batik was adapted by the local tribes. They created thicker lines, more colors and larger motifs for batik. Get facts about African pattern here.

Batik Pic

Batik Pic

Facts about Batik 7: Australia

Batik was brought to Australia in 1970s. Erna Bella was an aboriginal artist who used Batik in her craft.

Facts about Batik 8: the traditional batik

The traditional batik is called written batik or batik tulis.  The pattern is made by using canting, not cap. Compared to batik cap or stamped batik, it has great pattern and color for the whole process to make written batik is around one year.



Facts about Batik 9: the royalties

There are several designs of batik for the royalties. The commoners should never wear those batik patterns. In the past, the rank of a person can be seen from the type of batik that he or she wore.

Facts about Batik 10: patterns of batik

Some patterns of batik include truntum, ceplok, kawung, sekar jagad and many more.

Facts about Batik

Facts about Batik

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