THE ORI­GINS OF BATIK

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Batik came into ex­is­tence 2000 years ago, when the Dutch brought the art to In­done­sia. There, it was named Batik, de­rived from the Ja­vanese word Am­batik which denotes cloth filled with lit­tle dots. The dyed textile, of silk and cot­ton, was once a prized pos­ses­sion, owned only by wealthy fam­i­lies in In­done­sia. Spe­cial de­signs were hand­crafted for the ex­clu­sive use of roy­alty to sym­bol­ise their so­cial sta­tus. And once the art spread across coun­tries, from the mid­dle-east to Ja­pan, Africa and Malaysia, a di­ver­sity of pat­terns, rich with their re­spec­tive cul­tures, was born.

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