- Learn how to make a traditional Malaysian batik
- Make your own souvenir!
- Private vehicle with driver to batik workshop and back to hotel
- Local batik artisan guidance
- Colouring materials, tools and batik cloth
- Any amount of people can join.
Looking for things to do in Kuala Lumpur? Here’s an idea!
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).