Saturday, July 24, 2010

Making Batik

These students of the Faculty of Language and Arts Education of the Indonesia University of Education (UPI) are learning to make batik. The tool they are holding in their hands is called canting.

Canting is an Indonesian batik-making traditional tool that is used to apply wax in fine dots and lines on a cloth. It has a brass wax container head with needle spout and a bamboo or wooden handle (see picture).

If you are interested in learning how to make batik, here is an excellent illustrated step by step article that you may want to read.

Indonesian batik was designated by the UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009.


jeannette said...

Since I've been born in Indonesia, I've thought several times on learning how to do batik. Have to find out how to buy the tool (the cheap way!):) Thanks for sharing, Eki!

Hilda said...

I still have the canting and — I don't know what you call it, the pattern on metal which looks like a mold — which my father brought home decades ago from one of his lecturing trips. Prized possessions, because of their beauty and in memory of my dad.

You already know that I love batik, so I'm glad to see that it is not a dying art there.

Boom Nisanart said...

Very nice captured ! ...I love this posted : )

Dina said...

This is so interesting! I never knew.
Wonderful news about your UNESCO designation.