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By Sian, Jul 23 2019 04:49AM

Batik Javanese Scarf
Batik Javanese Scarf
Typical Batik Pattern
Typical Batik Pattern

Hi All,

I would like to share some information with you about what Indonesian batik is, should you be interested.

"It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia and not be exposed to one of the country's most highly developed art forms, batik. On your first visit to a batik store or factory you will undoubtedly experience an overwhelming stimulation of the senses - due to the many colors, patterns and the actual smell of batik. Only through repeated visits and a bit of study will the types of designs and their origins become apparent.

The word batik is thought to be derived from the word 'ambatik' which translated means 'a cloth with little dots'. The suffix 'tik' means little dot, drop, point or to make dots. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word 'tritik' which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phase for the mystical experience of making batik is “mbatik manah” which means “drawing a batik design on the heart”.

A Brief History

Although experts disagree as to the precise origins of batik, samples of dye resistance patterns on cloth can be traced back 1,500 years ago to Egypt and the Middle East. Samples have also been found in Turkey, India, China, Japan and West Africa from past centuries. Although in these countries people were using the technique of dye resisting decoration, within the textile realm, none have developed batik to its present day art form as the highly developed intricate batik found on the island of Java in Indonesia."


By guest, Feb 23 2019 02:00PM

You may, or may not, already know that I am an English teacher currently living in Indonesia. I've decided to try and help some of the local businesses by purchasing their beautiful handmade products and making them available internationally through my online shop. Indonesia is still a developing country so working conditions are still not the best and it's still, generally, quite a poor country.

Siantik will be starting small but hopefully eventually growing into a strong online store stocked with a variety of different items and crafts available. We start off with organic bamboo straws (sold individually or in 10 packs) and some beautiful hand woven handbags. We hope you will check out our store and don't forget you can send us a message if there's anything you're particularly interested, want to know more about something or have any questions at all. [email protected]

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my good friend, Ian Maberly, for helping me make this happen and encouraging me to follow my heart. I'm extremely grateful for everything you've done for us.

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