Traditional Indonesian Batik


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On this three hours for four weeks (total 12 hours) course in traditional Indonesian batik, we will be focusing on the traditional method of batik tulis using canting, taught by Eliza.

In addition to her extensive textile printing and designing experience, Eliza also trained in traditional Indonesian batik making at Jakarta Institute for the Arts during her time back in Indonesia. Being part Indonesian herself, she is keen on spreading the knowledge and joy of traditional Indonesian batik to anyone who’s willing to learn it.

This course is available as a 1:1 or group booking (the latter is subject to minimum booking numbers), which is selectable from the drop down menu.

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What is Batik?

Batik is a wax-resist dyeing technique that’s applied to the entire cloth. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the hot-wax/ resist with a spouted tool called canting (also known as batik tulis), or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. This allows the fabric to be selectively dyed/ coloured by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

The word batik is thought to be derived from the word ‘ambatik’ which translated means ‘a cloth with little dots’. The suffix ‘tik’ means little dot, drop, point or to make dots. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word ‘tritik’ which describes a resist process for dyeing, where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques.

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What will you learn?

  • Introduction to traditional Indonesian batik patterns
  • Designing your own batik patterns
  • Batik-tulis making: drawing your patterns onto the fabric using canting and hot wax.
  • Dip dyeing and finishing process

What’s included?

  • Batik patterns template
  • Plain cotton fabric (4 x approx.50x50cm each)
  • Wax & canting
  • Dyes required for use for the duration of the course

What do you need to supply/ bring yourself?

  • Any motif ideas you’d like to experiment with
  • Sketchbook
  • Tracing paper

Due to the amount of information covered in this course, you will be expected to do some of the research work and drawings in your own time. Additional materials can also be purchased on the day.

By booking into our courses, you are agreeing to our terms & conditions.

Additional Information

Booking Type

1:1, Group

Booking Numbers

Minimum number: 2 people
Maximum number: 6 people

If we do not meet the minimum booking number, then we reserve the right to either cancel or modify existing bookings made as according to our T&C. We will not make any changes without informing or consulting you beforehand.


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