Jadi Batek Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Dis­cover how beau­ti­ful batik prints are made and try your hand at batik paint­ing at this gallery.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel - By MING TEOH star2­[email protected]­tar.com.my

Un­leash your in­ner batik artist in the heart of Kuala lumpur. If you have some free time, head out to the city to learn how to make batik from ex­perts at this fac­tory-cum­gallery.

Why you should go

not only do you get to learn the process of mak­ing batik, but you get to try it out in a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with ex­perts at the gallery.

It is a fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity that you can do with fam­ily and friends, and an in­ter­est­ing way to spend an af­ter­noon.

The best part is, you get to take home what you pro­duce as a sou­venir and mem­ory of your ex­pe­ri­ence. The piece that you have painted can be framed up and used to dec­o­rate your home or given as a gift.

What to do

ex­perts at the gallery will take you through the process of batik paint­ing. You will learn about the wax that is used and how it is melted in skil­lets. a tjant­ing is then used to draw de­signs onto the ma­te­rial, which is usu­ally ei­ther cot­ton or silk.

De­signs can be in­spi­ra­tions from na­ture, such as flora and fauna, or even your favourite car­toon char­ac­ters. some pop­u­lar de­signs in­clude flow­ers (es­pe­cially the hibis­cus), but­ter­flies, cute an­i­mals (cats, birds, rab­bits) and Pokemon Go char­ac­ters.

Ba­si­cally, if it can be drawn and painted, it can be a de­sign for your batik master­piece.

af­ter the de­signs are drawn and the wax is dry, the ma­te­rial is paintWell­ness

ed with drop­per pens and brushes. You can ad­just how bright or light you want the colour to be.

You can also mix colours on the cloth to cre­ate more shades.

af­ter your paint­ing dries, the wax is washed off to re­veal your art­work.

af­ter a fi­nal dry­ing, your batik master­piece is ready.

Who will like it

Batik paint­ing is an in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­ity suitable for both kids and adults. Of course, it goes with­out say­ing that it would ap­peal most to those who en­joy cre­ative stuff like draw­ing and paint­ing.

If you’ve al­ways won­dered how batik is made, then this is one place that you can check out. Tourists would also be able to learn a thing or two about Malaysian cul­ture at this gallery.

Get­ting there

Jadi Batek Gallery is lo­cated in the Kl city cen­tre it­self, close to many land­marks and tourist at­trac­tions. You can take the MRT and stop at the Tun Razak ex­change sta­tion. The gallery is about 500m from the sta­tion.

To pro­duce batik, tjant­ing filled with beeswax is first used to draw de­signs on the cloth ma­te­rial, which is usu­ally cot­ton or silk. — Pho­tos: MING TEOH/The Star

Tools of the trade: beeswax melted in the skil­let and tjant­ing is used to draw on ei­ther cot­ton or silk ma­te­rial to make batik.

De­signs drawn on the cloth us­ing beeswax and tjant­ing,all ready to be painted and made into batik.

Colour-coded ac­cord­ing to the cups, these paints are used for batik paint­ing.

The de­signs are painted us­ing brushes. If you want the colours to be more in­tense and vivid, use more lay­ers of the same colour. If you want the colours to be lighter and more ‘translu­cent’, add drops of wa­ter to the ma­te­rial be­fore paint­ing.

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