The Art Of Batik

What Is Batik

Batik artisans

The art of batik is an ancient technique of hand stamped wax resist dyeing of fabric and is thousands of years old. It is a skill handed down through the generations by batik artisans. If you are interested in learning more about how our beautiful batik fabrics are made, please read below.

Indonesian batik

Batik plays an important role in Indonesian daily life, its history, and its culture. The Indonesian people are proud of the recognition given by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in listing batik as a genuine cultural heritage of Indonesia. At Senada Batik Bali, we cherish the rich history surrounding Indonesian batik, and work with our batik artisans in keeping this traditional Indonesian art form alive.

Authentic handmade batik

We ensure our batik artisans follow authentic, wax resist art of batik fabric making techniques, using high quality workmanship, and superior quality fabrics, colour dyes, and waxes are used in the batik production process. All of Senada Batik Bali fabrics are handmade using authentic, traditional wax resist, hand stamped “tjap” (copper stamp) batik making methods. Check out our shop page for retail sales, or for information on wholesale orders, you can view our wholesale information page.

How is batik made?

Let’s create Handmade Batik fabrics

Traditional batik making methods

Senada Batik Bali fabrics are a high quality, authentic, handmade batik fabric product. Our batik fabrics are made using traditional Indonesian wax resist batik making methods. Our batik fabrics come in fresh vibrant colours and original motif designs. You can visit our lookbook page to view a collection of photos showing our handmade batik fabric products. To purchase our products, we invite you to visit our shop page, or if you are in Bali, stop by our store & showroom in the Seminyak area of Bali.

Quality batik making artisans

Quality is important to us at Senada Batik Bali. Our skilled batik making craftsmen are energetic and passionate about the art of batik, and take great care in producing a beautiful, superior quality, authentic handmade batik fabric product. Made with quality in mind; our batik fabrics are handcrafted works of art.

Step By Step Process Of Batik Making

  • The first step in making batik fabric is to wash the RFD (ready for dye) raw white fabric to remove any impurities before the first applications of colour dyes or waxes are applied to the fabric.

  • The next step is to immerse the raw white fabric in colour dye to achieve a base colour for the first, of possibly several, batik motif designs. The fabric is then allowed to dry before continuing to the next step.

  • The batik stamp (tjap) is dipped in hot wax and then the wax is applied by hand stamping the copper tjap (stamp) to the fabric, after which it is immersed in the next contrasting colour dye. The colour under the wax is preserved because the wax resists penetration of the colour dye.

  • After allowing the fabric to dry once more, it is then boiled in hot water to dissolve and remove all the previous applied wax. The fabric is dried again so the batik stamp waxing, dying, and boiling process can be repeated until all the different colours and motif designs have been completed.

  • Certain processes can be repeated several more times before completion of the final batik fabric product, this requires great patience and skill from an experienced batik craftsman.

  • The final step in the batik fabric making process is to boil the fabric one last time, this dissolves all the remaining wax and results in a beautifully finished handmade batik fabric product.

Quality Batik Fabric Production

  • Our batik craftsmen are skilled artisans that take great care in the production of high quality batik fabrics, and they make certain a quality standard of production in the batik fabric making process is followed.

  • The wax stamping stage of the batik process uses freshly dipped wax for each single wax “tjap” (stamp) stamping application to the fabric. This ensures a clean and tidy motif design with our batik fabrics. *lower quality batik fabrics will have the wax “tjap” (stamp) applied 3 or 4 times to the fabric before the “tjap” (stamp) is dipped in new fresh wax. This will produce a lower standard batik product with an unclear, uneven, and untidy motif design.

  • A multi-colour process (double process batik / triple process batik) is used for many of our batik fabrics. This means the batik will go through repeat processes of colour dying to apply several shades or tones of contrasting colours and a mix of motif designs. The extra patience and care in our batik fabric production is evident by the high quality of Senada Batik Bali fabric products. Our batik craftsmen take great pride in their quality work, making beautiful batik fabric is their passion.

  • We use the highest quality fabrics, colour dyes, and waxes available for our batik fabric production.