What is Batik?

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what is batik

Batik is the original heritage of Indonesia. The word batik itself comes from Javanese language, namely “amba”, meaning “writing (drawing)” and “titik” which means “point”. Therefore, the manufacturing process are related to the writing (drawing) points on a piece of fabric using “malam (kind of wax)” to prevent staining on some part of the fabrics. It could be said that the product which can be called as batik is only a piece of fabric which the patterns are made by drawing on fabric using the wax and stamp or canting as a tool. What about printing fabric? Is it also called as batik? No, the printed pattern on the fabric do not use wax as the media, and its manufacturing process is different.

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