The word BATIK is Javanese in origin. It may either come from the Javanese word amba (to write) and titik (dot), or may derive from a hypothetical Proto-Austronesian root beCík (to tattoo). The word is attested in the Indonesian Archipelago during the Dutch colonial period in various forms: mbatek, mbatik, batek and batik.
Batik is a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. Among all traditions of making batik in various countries, Indonesian Batik made in Java is the most well-known and the most developed in terms of pattern, technique, and the quality of workmanship. On October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
An Indonesian architect and designer who is now based in Holland, Auzie Triratnamurti, has started to design and create handcraft products by using batik fabrics made in Indonesia, called Batik Holland. Their products range from home decorations, toys, to children and women’s clothing. It’s made by using traditional hand-stamped processed batik. I love their products since each of them is unique and beautifully represent the unique heritage of Indonesian culture.