THE ORIGINS OF BATIK
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.