Batik Art

The mode of polishing the clothes by giving them a new color is old when there is a minor scratch on the new or some worn clothes or if the color of the clothes becomes light. It is also called Batik.

Today, modern art that seems to be cutting-edge is two thousand years old. According to the archaeologists, people in Egypt and Persia used to wear clothes made of batik.
This art originated in Egypt. Due to the lack of money, people used to paint their torn – old clothes with different colors. This art started from here.

Batik Painting // Image Courtesy – Pinterest


In order to hide the clumsiness of the clothes of the ‘Floors’, they used to wear them in dark blue color and also used the rice powder to get the contraction in the clothes, which caused stripes on the clothes. In the beginning, wax was used instead of rice flour. Designs were made by stripping in it.
According to some archaeologists, this art originated from the island of Java. In the book called ‘The Art and Craft in Indonesia’ there is a word ‘iambatik’, that is the clothe which has small tick marks.


Initially, in Java, homemade clothes were dyed in a matter of style. It is also said that well-educated Muslims who reached Markopolo or earlier Java started making clothes according to the weather of this island for every rich person. The designs of the coat were made on the arms of the coat. Specimens of it were found in the house of the head of every caste. Sultan Haji Krikusko reigned in Java from 1613 to 1645. In his time this art made special progress. It is estimated that this art reached Java in the 12th century. There are many fine specimens of the Baatik art on the textiles of the idols installed in the temples of the present day.


Among such popular textiles was Sarang, which was made of flowers, leaves, birds, snails, fish and butterflies. After the arrival of the Dutch in Java, this art became famous in Holland and other countries of Europe. Initially, the art became a challenge for the artisans and painters there, but soon they made more convenient tools for the talkative art. Found out, such as clothes dryer with pictures that Javanese did not have, and painters like Levi and Peter Mizar created very beautiful paintings. Likewise Dinsholp and Slaton etc. also made wonderful pictures. Artists used to paint only with oil paints and brushes. Now they were attracted by this art made from drops of wax.


Gradually, the registration of talkative art was done. Artists made cotton clothes by printing them through machines. The same type of strips were also copied so that they would look exactly like the Batik. For almost forty fifty years, Batik was counted among the high arts of Europe.


The thing to note is this art can’t be applied on clothes like nylon. The more smooth and soft the clothe is, the more beautiful the art will emerge.

In the modern style, many designs of Batik art are being made. In Indonesia and other eastern countries, it is prepared in the original style and in the West, the mocking of Batik’s copy is prepared and printed by machine. Artists employed in this art only are able to make beautiful pictures because it is very important for the lines to be very clear and in one place.

It is necessary to have a complete knowledge of colors, because pictures are made by mounting colors on each other.

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