I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from this place; Batik is a very traditional craft that takes great skill with a steady hand.
Batik, a Javanese pronunciation ‘bate’ to the Indonesian ‘batik,’ originates from the Javanese means to dot, a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole piece of material. To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them and then is dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour, and the process is repeated until the desired effect.
Batik making is a speciality to specific villages.
The women were sitting all in a row in these little cubbies with a bowl of melted wax and a tool best described as a scoop with a small tube on the end for the wax to flow out. It was hypnotising watching them work, the skill, the concentration. They dipped the tool into the wax, dabbed the end and drew the most beautiful pattern on the material. These ladies are crazy talented! They are taught from as soon as they can hold the pen. A tradition of the village. Meaning most of the village is dedicated to the production process.
After we had watched the talented ladies we took a walk around onsite the shop and we were blown away by the fantastic range of beautiful clothes, scarfs, table dressings and so much more, it was unbelievable and we were in complete awe.