A craftsman at a batik workshop in Indonesia. Credit: Purnima Sharma A batik design in progress at a workshop. Credit Purnima Sharma For Indians who are curious about batik—a wax-resist dyeing technique—Indonesia holds many surprises because this is where batik continues to thrive, albeit in a different style and format.
“Even though our country is synonymous with exotic beaches, beautiful markets, and colourful shopping experiences, batik is a precious part of our tradition,” said Pak Suta, an acquaintance I made in Bali. “Many among us wear or carry something made of batik almost every day, be it a shirt, stole, bag or a headscarf like the one I am wearing,” he said.
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