I’ve always wondered what batik really is. After a few clicks it only showed me where the name batik came from and the history of batik, not quite what I was looking for. As I got further into it, I’ve got a general conclusion of batik which is batik is a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics. But searching it online wasn’t enough for me. I needed to feel it and smell it. Leading me to none other than Noor Arfa Craft Complex located in Terengganu. Wow what an experience! It turns out there are many different types of Batik with different uses.
First things first the most popular form of batik, is the sarong. Original known to be a loose-fitting skirt like garment formed by wrapping it around the lower part of the body. Mainly worn by women as a dress or a skirt. Not so recommended for men, although the batik sarong can be designed as pants or a collared shirt. I have also seen the batik sarong on shoes, which was very creative. Back in the day, paddy field workers would wear the batik sarong around their head and women also do the same but used it as a cushion to carry things above their heads. The feeling of the sarong batik was quite soft yet durable. With many designs to choose from, I didn’t know what to choose from.