Make your own batik - Orangutravel
A complete workshop in Malaysia's capital to learn the traditional art of decorating cloths with wax pigments: 60 minutes of creative learning fun in company of friendly artisan teachers where you will design and make your very own batik and bring it home to you - how cool souvenir is that!
  • Learn how to make a traditional Malaysian batik
  • Make your own souvenir!
What's included
  • Private vehicle with driver to batik workshop and back to hotel
  • Local batik artisan guidance
  • Colouring materials, tools and batik cloth
Make your own batik
Any amount of people can join.

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      The batik (also called “batek”) consists of a traditional technique to dye a piece of cloth with wax based colours. The batik drawing is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting (or “chanting”), or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired.

      Batik handicrafts are common in South Asia, and, although their origin is from Java, Indonesia, they have been nonetheless part of Malaysian history and culture as well. To the point that batik drawings, motifs and designs are often found on other decorative materials, such as industrially produced shirts and dresses, garments and furniture.

      If you are looking for activities in Kuala Lumpur, you can learn how to make a batik while visiting Malaysia capital city. This travel idea consists of a 60 minutes workshop held in Kuala Lumpur centre. It is a suitable and enjoyable activity also for children. The batik classes are available every day of the week. The workshop provides you with a marvelous opportunity to experiment with batik and produce your own piece of artwork. You will be given all the tools and materials necessary to start creating your own masterpiece, under the guidance of friendly local teachers and artisans. Stuck for design ideas? You will be able to copy or imitate many original designs – traditional and modern – available at the workshop premises.

      Workshops can be booked for mornings or afternoons and the deal includes private transportation with driver (in a neighbourhood close to city centre but without direct public transportation).

      The size of the batiks created at the workshop is normally 30×40cm, cotton. When your artwork is done, teachers will help to fix the image and remove the wax for you. You can come back the next day to collect the piece you have created, framed for you with paper. If you do not want it to be framed, you can collect it immediately or within one hour after the workshop is concluded (you can use this time to have a stroll in the batik workshop neighbourhood or eat at a local restaurant  – however it is not an option if the workshop is booked for the afternoon).


      1 Batik workshop in Kuala Lumpur
      This travel activity idea includes a drive to the workshop premise and back to your hotel (or different location within the city centre limits). Your driver will meet you at your hotel in the city and wait for you until the workshop is finished. Arrived at the batik class, you will greet the teacher, who will brief you about history and technique for batik-making. The teacher will guide you to acquire a set of basic skills to draw a batik using traditional tools. If you want you can schedule the activity in the afternoon upon booking; in that case the appointment with the driver will be at 14:00 (2 pm) in your hotel lobby.
      20150218 09:30Meet up with driver at your hotel lobby in Kuala Lumpur.
      20150218 10:00Briefing with your batik teacher, then proceed to learn wax drawing and batik painting.
      20150218 11:00Colour fixing and de-waxing, finishing.
      20150218 11:45Time back to your hotel (estimated).
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