Batik What is Batik? Batik is a type of art which is becoming increasingly popular. It is the art of decorating cloth using wax and dye, and has been practised for centuries. Contemporary batik is a slightly different style of batik. A contemporary batik artist might use stencils, for example, or work with not cloth but instead silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper, or even wood and ceramics. How do you make Batik? Batik is made by first blocking out selected areas of the cloth by brushing or drawing hot wax over them. Then the cloth is dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing, the wax is removed, and the beautiful cloth is finished. Batik around the world In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is made there. In fact, the word 'batik' originates from the Javanese words 'tik' which means 'to dot' and 'amba' which means 'to write'. Batik is also made in Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Nigeria.
Elephants, bathing at Pinnawella, Sri Lanka by Rosi Robinson I looked at some Batik artwork, and this one was my favourite, by far. I love the way the artist has created a contrast between the dark elephants and the light water. I also love the way that the artist has painted the water in a very detailed way. The way the light reflects on the water makes it look very realistic, and the ripples in the water create a sense of movement. I feel like I am inside the picture when I look at it. I think it is amazing that she could produce this amazing picture using wax and cloth.