Tessie joined us in Bali 2 weeks ago and she has been exploring the culture of the island from the moment the plane touched down. An inspiration to our community, she lights up every room with her energy and compassion.
Here with us for 2 months, she’s retired from over 15 years in corporate insurance and committed this year to exploring life in social service. Tessie heads to Jakarta in October to volunteer with a foundation that supports literacy for children (request to remain anonymous) and we are lucky to have her!
We asked Tessie what her favourite adventure has been so far, and she wanted us to share the traditional art of Batik — here’s a peek inside her experience.
Time to get crafty, Bali style!
So, what is Batik?
It’s a method (originally used in Java, Indonesia) of producing coloured designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left ‘undyed’.
A brief history…
Experts have said that Batik was originally reserved as an art form for Javanese royalty — since many of the original patterns were inspired by designs worn only by Royalty from the Sultan’s palace in Yogyakarta.
This method can be traced back 1,500 years and samples have been found in Egypt, Middle East, Turkey, India, China, Japan and West Africa — although none have been noted to develop the art as intricately as the Batik found in Indonesia.
Widya Batik hosts regular Batik workshops, we highly recommend their classes if you’re in UBUD.
Here is a step by step of “How to make a Batik”, shared by Tessie ❤
Amazing job Tessie and a HUGE thank you for sharing this experience with us ❤
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P.s. — We are grateful to The Bali Expat blog for providing great information on the history of the Batik.