The Batik Library - Blog Posts

This year, 4/20 falls during the holy month of Ramadan and we're celebrating this unique intersection with a limited run of naturally dyed batik cannabis leaf bandana with 100% of the profits donated to Cannabis Amnesty. 


Batik tulis, or "handwritten" batik, is designed using a canting. This pen-like tool features a wooden handle, a copper container that holds the wax which connects to a copper spout that is used to draw the motif. Using a heated blend of plant resins and paraffin, the artisan then draws the design following the motif previously drawn in pencil. For larger patterns, a stiff brush may also be used to produce batik lukis or "painted batik.

Colours Our piece lovingly uses natural dyes. Colours and patterns may vary from piece to piece, making each garment one...

The Batik designation was created in Java island since 8C. Based on the book of Old Javanese Kakawin Ramayana, Batik comes from the word ‘tika’ that means sacred painting. Batik is also created by Javanese words ‘amba’ that means wide and ‘titik’ that means create dots to form lines.

Nyanting that is also called nglengreng is a process of creating pattern on a piece of linen cloth using a hot-melted wax poured through a small spout called Canting. The wax-patterned cloth, then will be coloured by soaking it in a barrel of natural dye solution. The dye usually comes from fermentation process of various local plants.