Remarkable Indonesia: Batik

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Batik is the pride of Indonesian culture and an intangible heritage from our country. The process of making this precious creation is done with a technique of applying wax-resist dyeing drawing pattern to a cloth.

Generally, the patterns include beautiful dots and lines, drawn with a tool called canting. After the patterns are applied to a cloth, the drawn cloth can be made into Batik bags, dresses, shirts, skirts, trousers, wallets and other fashion products.

The original batik made with canting is called Batik Tulis or written batik. Additionally, Indonesian batik has been acknowledged by UNESCO since 2009 as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The name batik actually comes from Javanese origin, which is possibly from the two words amba (to write) and titik (dot). The technique of creating this wonderful pattern is called membatik in Indonesian language.

In making batik, a cloth should be firstly soaked and washed. At the beginning, the patterns are created with pencil and after that, the ready pattern from pencil is redrawn again using hot wax with the special tool mentioned above, canting or tjanting (made of small copper with a spout and a wooden handle).

For Batik Tulis or written batik, the cloth is to be drawn on both sides and dipped into a dye bath for around at least three times. This entire process could take time up to one year, which is why written batik is always recognised to have better quality than the stamped ones.

In Indonesia, batik patterns can be uniquely designed for fortune and for weddings (for the bride, groom and their family). Moreover, some designs are even created and reserved only for royal families.

However, batik has always been Indonesian favourite pattern for fashion in many daily occasions, including for going to work and attending parties or ceremonies. It is believed as a stupendous design that perfects every style in every need.

Are you interested in our Batik? Please do not hesitate to write to info@itpcmilan.it for importing into Italy or for more details about this heritage.

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