If you’re a mom who loves to sew, you’ve probably thought about incorporating batik fabric into your next project. But what is batik fabric, and where does it come from? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the history of batik fabric and how it’s made today.
Batik is a traditional Indonesian fabric-making technique that involves using wax resist to create patterns on cloth. The word “batik” comes from the Javanese word “tik”, which means “dot”. Traditionally, batik was used to make sarongs, but nowadays it can be used for any kind of textile project.
The earliest examples of batik date back to the 12th century, when tunics decorated with wax resist patterns were found in Egypt.
It’s believed that the technique made its way to Indonesia in the 13th or 14th century, where it quickly became popular among the nobility. As time went on, batik became more accessible to the general public.
In 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This recognition helped to preserve the traditional craft and ensure that it would be passed down from generation to generation.
Nowadays, there are two main types of batik: hand-drawn and stamped.
- Hand-drawn batik is the more traditional method, and it involves drawing wax resist patterns onto cloth with a canting (a small tool used for drawing).
- Stamped batik is a newer method that involves using copper stamps to apply wax resist patterns onto the cloth. Both methods require a lot of skill and patience!
As you can see, batik is a rich and complex fabric-making tradition with a long history. If you’re interested in trying your hand at batik, we recommend starting with a stamped design; it’s a bit easier than hand-drawn batik and just as beautiful!