Singaporeans are familiar with batik fabric. What many don't know, however, is that it's a textile technique of wax-resist dyeing on cloth. The word batik in itself comes from the Javanese word "titik" – which means to dot.
Batik is believed to have first originated from Java, only belonging to royal families and wealthy people. It is then brought to other countries including Thailand, Africa, India, China, Malaysia and Singapore. In Singapore, the technique of using wax to resist dye has been adapted by local artists for painting during the pioneer era.
These days, the practice is still very much alive in Singapore, thanks to the relentless dedication of the few artists that specialise in the practice and teaching it. See the burning spirit of the art form yourself at the ongoing exhibition Lakar Lilin, which spotlights the works of five batik masters. In the meantime, read on and get to know the batik artists from Singapore you should have on your radar.
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