Langkawi Batik

Batik is one of the most sought after asian art, and Langkawi batik is not an exception. There are a lot of places selling batik products in Langkawi. The quality of the batiks are different and the best real batik are usually made of silk or cotton.

The best place for buying high quality Langkawi batik products is at the Atma Alam Batik Art Village. It's not far from the airport, situated between the Makam Purba (ancient tomb) and the Field of the Burnt Rice. Atma Alam Batik Art Village have men's, women's and childrens clothes, and of course, amazing batik paintings. The owner is an artist him self, so most of products made by himself. His wife is also an artist. They have a great variety of Langkawi batik products. A lot to choose from... However, the fixed prices are a bit higher than else where.

Langkawi Batik - Atma Alam
While you're there, look for a shed beside the shop where you can see some batik paintings being created. Atma Alam Batik Village Langkawi is the best place for you to get ideas, see new things and watch the artist giving birth to their inspirations.

Atma Alam Batik Art Village is Langkawi's main batik production and sales center founded by Aza Osman (oil painter) and Roshadah Yusof (batik artist/designer). It is a treasure trove of local art and culture.

This Langkawi batik haven is the only one in Langkawi that provides you with "original and authentic Malaysian handcrafted items on Langkawi Island". You can find cushion covers, purses and handbags made of songket and cotton or silk batik casual wear and scarves. Don't forget to pick up your own unique, hand-painted batik beach dress here - you're guaranteed not seeing another person wearing the same batik pattern.

You can also find original oil-painted masterpieces on canvas and oil and batik paintings at Atma Alam Batik Art Village. There is also a cafe available here for you to take a break from the shopping.

If you're interested in learning how to batik, you can participate in the special batik classes conducted by the owner's wife, Roshadah Yusof - one of the best known batik artists in Malaysia. She'll happily teach you the ancient Asoan art of batik, how to handle cotton, wax, paint and the brush. You can do something different and learn to express yourself.

Atma Alam Batik Art Village is open from 9am through 8pm daily.

How to Batik Cloth

Make a plain shirt or skirt fancy with this easy - but messy - technique.

Steps:

  1. Wash and dry fabrics to remove sizing before batiking.
  2. Start with easy fabrics ' cottons are very good; silks are difficult. Old, white bed sheets cut into 18-by-18-inch squares are excellent for learning and practicing.
  3. Draw your designs on the fabric with colored crayons, colored pencils or water-based markers.
  4. Make a double boiler using an electric skillet filled with water and a coffee can.
  5. Put a pound of clear paraffin wax in the coffee can and melt it.
  6. Paint over the design with wax. Make sure the wax penetrates the fabric completely ' you should see it on the back of the cloth.
  7. Remember that everywhere the wax goes, there will be no dye.
  8. Let the wax cool. You can put the fabric in the refrigerator or freezer to hurry things up.
  9. Crumple the fabric to create cracks in the wax after the wax has cooled completely.
  10. Put on a pair of latex gloves.
  11. Prepare dyes or inks as suggested by the manufacturer. Use cool dyes so they won't melt the wax onto the fabric.
  12. Dye the material the first color. Immerse it for about 20 seconds.
  13. Rinse it in cool water to remove excess dye. If the color isn't dark enough, dye it again.
  14. Allow it to dry by hanging it with clothespins over a stainless steel sink or an old, folded towel.
  15. Use hot wax, and paint the areas that you want to remain the same color as the first dye.
  16. Let the wax cool.
  17. Crumple the fabric again to make cracks in the wax.
  18. Dye the material the second color.
  19. Remove the wax, either by scraping it off or by ironing it between a few paper towels. Put newspaper under the paper towels to absorb the wax and moisture. This can be done while the fabric is still wet.

Tips:

  • Dye in a well-ventilated area.
  • Batiking is best done near a sink. Cover the counters with cardboard to protect them from stains.
  • Wear old clothes when batiking.
  • Brush skim milk on the fabric before dyeing; it helps the fabric accept colors more readily.

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