Tuesday, May 14, 2013

National Batik Village


The Malaysian art of Batik painting is especially widespread on the eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia in states like Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. It is believed that the art of Batik painting came to Malaysia during the reign of the Melayu Kingdom of Jambi during the 7th century, as evidence has been found indicating the existence of   trading relations between this kingdom and various coastal batik producing centers in Java.
However, Malaysian batik differs significantly from the Indonesian version of this textile art, for the Malaysian version features larger motifs like leaves, flowers and various geometric designs. Additionally, unlike Indonesian batik which is produced with the extensive use of a canting (a traditional, hand-held batik tool), Malaysian batik textile art is the result of much brush painting.
This old-world Malaysian textile art is currently enjoying a strong resurgence and if you are interested in learning how the beautiful patterns of Malaysian batik textile art are created, you should perhaps head to the famous batik center, Natural Batik Village located in Kampung Balok, a fifteen minute drive along the beach road in Besarah north of the coastal city of Kuantan in Pahang.
Developed more than twenty years ago, by its enterprising owner Ghazali bin Che Omar, the Natural Batik Village is a commercial, batik producing establishment that extends over a massive 86000 square feet. This batik producing operation encompasses a manufacturing facility as well as eastern Malaysia’s largest batik showroom. Ghazali’s enterprise which started out as a small, cottage industry has grown in leaps and bounds to become a small industry in itself.
The factory in addition to batik art textiles in silk and cotton produces finished fashion apparel, uniforms, furnishing fabrics, beach wear, accessories and more. The factory is also equipped with an onsite tailoring outfit, capable of turning out finished garments made with batik textiles for men and women within 48 hours.
Other attractions of the facility include a tour of the production facilities and a batik painting lesson. The batik painting lessons at the factory are available for individuals as well as for groups.
So if you have always wondered about intricate designs that characterize batik art, a visit to  Gahazali’s Natural Batik Village is definitely recommended on any sojourn to the eastern coast of Malaysia.
http://batikfactory.com.my

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