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Batik of Java: A Centuries Old Tradition

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Watch Javanese artisans make batik and learn more about their refined techniques.

Many places in the world pattern textiles by applying wax to protect certain areas from dye. During the dye process, the wax areas resist the dye, and when the wax is removed a pattern emerges. Both the technique and the textile produced are called batik. Nowhere in the world is this method of patterning textiles as highly refined as in Indonesia.