Batik is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium,
Batik is both an art and a craft. Batik fabric is made using wax and dye, it has been
practiced for centuries. In Indonesia, batik is part of a clothing tradition. The word
batik originates from the Javanese, tik means dot.
In making fabric of batik, selected areas of the fabric are blocked out by brushing or
drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the
dye and remain the original color. The process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to
create more elaborate and colorful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and
the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.
Contemporary batik, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles.
Batik at the moment not only consider as traditional clothing but also modern fashion.
Dress Batik kerja made from batik style called as baju batik, to wear for going to party,
school or even to go to office. In some province civil servant wearing Batik as working
uniform, we call it as Batik busana kerja.
For example this model of dress batik, women working in public services usually wearing Batik Office Outfit, called dress
batik kerja wanita. In modern working world batik influence, fashion model which is weared
by working women. Model batik busana kerja modern is very popular among women worker.
From art side, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for
waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton,
wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics.
Batik is historically the most expressive and subtle of the resist methods. The ever
widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore an
unique process in a flexible and exciting way.