The word "Batik" means "drawing out with wax". Batik is a national symbol in Malaysia and is renowned due to its universal appeal and affordability. Batik is divided into two types :
In this method tin strips, copper or brass are fashioned into design forms and attached to hand blocks. Design colours may then be painted within the wax baths produce background colours while boiling the fabrics as an end process removes all wax residues.
Canting (pronounced 'chanting')
Canting wax cup is used for freehand drawing of designs. The lines are therefore finer and more flowing, lending its aesthetics. Painting in design colours, sealing with wax and immersion follows the block process.
New dyes and techniques have enabled Batik to be printed onto various materials such as swiss voile, silk, cheese cloth, velvet and satin. International designers started tailoring pieces into varities of men and ladies's wear.
The Batik cloth is sold by length and final products such as sarongs, table cloths, pillow cases, bags, kraftans and etc.