Malaysian Batik is a textile art that has been woven into the country’s rich cultural tapestry. It’s probably the most famous craft in the country! While it is commonly found in the states of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu, now you can find all kinds of batik products across shopping malls and craft centres, even in Kuala Lumpur.
Even so, there’s something magical about Malaysian Batik that you cannot experience just by buying batik-themed products off the shelf. For art and painting enthusiasts eager to learn about this traditional craft, Colin’s Batik Workshop may just be what you need.
The Workshop Takes Place in Malaysia’s Largest Handicraft Centre
Located along Jalan Inai close to KLCC, it’s pretty accessible if you are in Kuala Lumpur. Batik demonstrations take place every day with many artisans to guide you. You can also find all sorts of batik products in the gallery.
Sketch Using the Traditional Canting Tool
Canting is a traditional tool that has been around for over 100 years, which is best described as a mini container attached to a pen. The first step in batik making is to use the Canting pen to scoop up melted wax and draw your design on a piece of fabric, usually cotton or silk.
If you are confident enough, you can sketch your own imaginative pattern. Otherwise, Colin’s team can provide some pre-made templates for you to choose from, such as butterflies, animals and cartoon characters.
Batik is Fun for All Ages
The great thing about batik workshops is that they are relatively simple to do. Depending on your speed, you only need up to 2 hours to complete your artwork, after which you can continue exploring the city.
And your kids (or artistic friends) will love it! Whether you are 5 or 50, batik painting is a fun and relaxing way to understand the art of batik.
All You Need is a Little Creativity!
While the motifs in Malaysian Batik tend to consist of flowers, plants and geometrical shapes, there’s no saying that you have to stay in the box. Batik is a great way to express your creativity with a hint of tradition in the mix.
The artisans at the gallery can guide you on how to adjust the intensity of the colours, and share tips on how to create different effects. After your painting dries, the final artwork is yours to bring home as a reminder of your time in Kuala Lumpur.
How to Join
Plan to experience the beautiful of Malaysian craft in Kuala Lumpur? The workshop costs RM60 (about USD14.50) per pax inclusive of materials, tools and a cotton handkerchief (30x40cm).
- Book the Learn to Draw and Paint Batik workshop on LokaLocal.
- Wait for your local expert’s confirmation
- Once confirmed, time for an adventure of a lifetime!