Batik art & craft

The word ‘batik’ is derived from the Indonesian word ambatik, which can be translated to ‘wax writing’. Batik is a 2000 year old art form predominantly practised in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and India. 

Batik is a time consuming and meticulous technique of decorating pure silk fabric by hand. The fabric first goes through a wax resist application process before being dyed. The fabric then undergoes a de-waxing process wherein the wax is carefully cracked to reveal the contrasting colours of the design. Batik’s signature characteristic is the effect created by the wax cracking on the fabric.

Designer craftsmen create unique handmade designs on pure silk scarves. Each one is unique. These designer scarves can be used for both neck scarves and head scarves with style. 

Shantiniketan in West Bengal is the art hub for batik. Here the ancient craft of batik is preserved at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal, an institution founded by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

We at Style Art Villa is making an effort to bring these unique silk art scarves to the European market. We are making a small effort to empower these poor Indian designer craftsmen to keep this old traditional hand craft alive.

 

Batik art & craft