It would be impossible to visit or live in Asia and not be exposed to batik.

The batik technique involves using special dyes and waxes to crate beautiful and intricate designs on fabric. 

On your first visit to a batik store or factory, you will undoubtedly experience an overwhelming stimulation of the senses due to the many colors, patterns, and smell of wax. 

In fact, some of my friends across the Malay Archipelgo describe how batik is integrated into their work uniforms, with some of their employers offering "Casual Fridays", so long as you have batik incorporated into your outfit!

When I first visited Malaysia, I became instantly enamored by the dazzling and vibrant batik styles and artwork, most especially the ornate and regal flower designs.

While historians disagree as to the precise origins of batik, samples of dye resistance patterns on cloth can be traced back over 1,500 years to Egypt and the Middle East with remnants also emerging in Turkey, India, China, Japan, and West Africa. However, none have developed batik to its present art form as the highly developed intricate batik found in Indonesia. 

During my recent trip to Asia, I participated in my first batik workshop, learning the basic mechanics and materials to create my own pattern. Words don't capture how meticulous and precise one must be to complete the beautiful intricacies represented in batik designs.

As I continue growing in my artistry (skills, knowledge, and experiences), I will share my batik sketches and practice runs periodically.

Here are some of my recent patterns:


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