Originating in India, the art of batik has come a long way from a mere handicraft. The history of Indian batik can be traced as far back as 2000 years.
The word batik actually means ‘wax writing’ and that is basically what batik is all about. It is a way of decorating cloth by covering a part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the cloth. Batik was considered in the past as a fitting occupation for aristocratic ladies.
The revival of batik began in the 20th century in Indian when it was introduced as a subject at the famous university of Santhiniketan in Calcutta.
Batik is not only restricted to dress materials but modern batik is livelier and brighter in the form of wall hangings, paintings, household linen, scarves etc.