Love Malaysia’s Award-Winning Batik Girl? These 3 Workshops let you Experience the Beauty of Batik Art

If you haven’t gotten word about Batik Girl, then you should definitely give this 9-minute film a watch.

Image: Batik Girl

Batik Girl is a 2D animated short film produced by Malaysian film studio, R&D Studio, writer Heidi Shamsuddin, Tudidut Studio, and Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Faculty of Music. It tells the story of an orphan girl who copes with her loss through love, as well as the whimsical, wonderful world of batik.

Screened in 17 countries, it won the best short animated film at Festival de Largos y Cortos de Santiago in Chile. It also got the Honourable Mention in Audience Favourites award at the Florida Animation Festival, and a Gold Medal in the Regional category at the 20th Digicon6 Asia in Japan.

Take a look at Batik Girl below!

What is Batik?

Image: Batik Girl

Batik is a textile art that uses the wax-resist dyeing technique to design fabric. In Malaysia, this traditional art is prominent in states like Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang. Some of the popular patterns you can find include flowers, plants, butterflies and geometrical shapes.

Where can you find Batik Workshops in Malaysia?

Image: Batik Girl

Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Terengganu, Kelantan or Pahang just to experience batik painting! Here are some workshops in Kuala Lumpur and Penang that lets you immerse in the intricate beauty of Batik all the same.

Learn to Draw and Paint Batik at the Heart of KL

Held in the largest handicraft centre of Kuala Lumpur, the batik workshop runs demonstrations so you can see how canting is done, using a specialised pen to design the fabric. You can then sketch out your design, either free-style with your own imagination or with simple templates. Once the wax dries, you can paint it, let it dry and wash off the wax to reveal the artwork. If you have a packed itinerary but want to try something traditional in town, this workshop is up your alley.

Location: Kuala Lumpur City Centre
RM60 per pax
Includes: Materials & Tools, Cotton Fabric
Time Slots: 10.00am or 2.00pm

Make a Batik Product that Helps the Community

If you’d like to see your batik artwork turned into something that you can use on a daily basis, then join this Malaysian Batik Class in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. You get to try different methods of applying the wax, such as canting, blocking, and modern style. After trying out several different patterns, your final artwork would be coloured and turned into your handmade product, such as a journal, tea towel, cushion, pouch, apron, silk scarf and more.

More importantly, joining this workshop helps underprivileged batik artisans in Malaysia get a sustainable income. Doesn’t it leave a fuzzy feeling in your heart?

Price: From RM120 for the Journal, price varies for different products
Includes: Materials & Tools, Beverages, Product
Time Slots: 9.00am or 1.00pm (Weekdays only)

Traditional Batik Painting in Penang

Up in the Northern state of Penang, there’s another way to get in touch with this local craft and culture. Batik artist Rozana runs workshops for guests so that they can either make the batik from scratch, or paint a pre-drawn design. It’s best to book your slot early, as she can get busy!

Price: RM90 per pax
Includes: Admission fee, Fabric
Time Slot: 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Here’s Where You Can Find Craft Workshops in Malaysia!

Whether it is traditional crafts like batik and shadow puppet, to creative art like calligraphy or painting, you can discover all kinds of workshops on LokaLocal. We connect you to local activities so you can see, eat, play the local way!

For more local experiences and workshops in Malaysia, head on over to LokaLocal.


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