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Malaysian Batik: Reinventing a Tradition

Paperback - 02 September 2014
ISBN-13 : 9780804844185
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Malaysian Batik: Reinventing a Tradition, traces the history of batik, the materials, methods and motifs of the block-stamped and hand drawn methods, and the ways in which Malaysian batik has been transformed into a craft with international appeal.

Batik is more than wax and dye applied to a length of cloth. It is an art form practiced by people around Asia. With its its bolder, abstract designs and its brighter palette, Malaysian batik is a distinctly different type of batik that has brought an exciting new dimension to this ancient method of fabric art.

Historically seen as a craft, batik making in Malaysia today has segued into more of an art form, both in its creation and its uses. Historically, batik fabric was fashioned into sarongs to be worn by people across all walks of life. More often now batik fabrics are used for lifestyle products, as art pieces and, above all, for contemporary high fashion. The pieces that are created display an originality of composition and design, an effective use of color, a high level of technical expertise and a flair for working in the medium that are the hallmarks of great works of art. Many of the recent advances in Malaysian batik are due to the initiatives of the Yayasan Budi Penyayang, which has revitalized the Malaysian batik industry by adapting it to suit fashion needs and utilized the Asian fashion industry to promote and display its beauty.

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2 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 12 December 2014
we see Malaysian batik reaching greater heights for world recognition
By: A Shopaholics Den

The book starts off with a chronological storyline of the development of batik in Malaysia from the 1930s to its national identity in the present day. The author has put together many beautiful illustrations to accompany the journey of Malaysian batik and how it has garnered its unique identity that differentiates itself from its initial borrowings of the Indonesian batik. Photographs and illustrations are aplenty throughout the book, highlighting the beauty of the art as well as the different techniques used to produce the beautiful motifs that were once used for traditional wear, are now used for high fashion and is coming of age in the fashion scene.  Whether its a formal or... See More

informal event, we see Malaysians of all walks of life come to accept batik in their wardrobe and in their home as it is a print like no other that transcends  trends and time. Under the stewardship of Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, we see Malaysian batik reaching greater heights for world recognition.  Revisit this heritage and wear it proud. Get your own copy of the book today to learn more about Malaysian batik and its place in today’s fashion scene.

2 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 12 December 2014
a must-have batik reference book

After going through the book, I would say this is a must-have batik reference book for anyone in the batik industry - entrepreneurs, designers and students of the art - for a better understanding of the business of batik. And a highly-recommended book for everybody's coffee table, but of course.

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