Art of Batik

While the true origin of batik is still a mystery, there is evidence of its existence in various Asian countries as far back as two millennia ago. Batik certainly left a big mark in history when it reached Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Indonesia.

Malaysian batik’s design is more universal with its motif being more abstract, geometric, and floral-based, unlike Indonesian where theirs is more intricate, figurative, and mystical with earthy tones.

Batik in Malaysia was started in the 1920s by an artisan from Kelantan named Haji Che Su. He was the inventor of the batik stamp using copper metal as a heat conductor when using wax, allowing him to have a consistent pattern on the fabric.