Batik N Me!

Batik is a fabric-dyeing method originated in Jawa, Indonesia. Wax is applied to the fabric to resist dyes which then allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water. This method is repeated if multiple colors are desired. Canting, a spouted tool is used to draw dots and lines of wax or by printing the wax with a copper stamp called a cap. Batiks can be used as decorative textiles in the home as table cloths, tapestry or worn as sarongs, shirts and dresses. 

As I was growing up, both grandmothers and great-grandmother wore batik sarongs with their daily baju kurungs and kebayas. Eversince, I have been fascinated with the designs and how soft the fabrics become after they have been seasoned and washed many, many times. Over the years, I have collected various types of batik which I wear on special occasions, use as decorative tablecloth or tapestry. I even bring them on my travels as a blanket. 

My father's lineage was from Jawa and my mom's from Sumatran. Although they were born in Malaysia, met and married in Singapore, the cuisines from my parents' heritages are very different. However, both cultures wear batiks as part of their daily and special attires. Batik is the fabric that bond these cultures and other cultures like the peranakan of Malaysia and Singapore. In these modern days, you will still find batiks worn in the Indonesian and Malay cultures. 

The batik prints used on this website are from my personal collection, and please note that the batik are prints and not real batiks.