The Ancient Art Form Of Batik Dyeing

Batik Clothing

There’s no doubt that Sivana loves ancient styles.

From our use of hamsas, chakras, mantras, and exotic items such as gemstones and precious metals, we love things that remind us of eastern living.

And now we’re adding a new style to our collection: batik.

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History and Use of Batik

Batik is one of the most ancient forms of dyeing in the world.

Used by Egyptians since the 4th century while wrapping mummies, the technique began to find popularity among the wealthy and soon spread across the ancient world.

China, all of Africa, Indonesia, and India all began creating their own variation of the dyeing process.

When it was first being used, batik was created by adding beeswax to the cloth, which resists any dyes that’re applied.

Then the cloth is boiled to remove the wax, and redyed if other colors and patterns are needed.

Over time, the patterns became more diverse, resulting in beautiful designs that easily catch the eye.

But the most highly developed use of the pattern was developed in Indonesia.


Indonesia

While many cultures used the batik dyeing method, Indonesia perfected it.

This small country just happened to have the perfect combination of resources to create the best batik clothing around.

They seemed to have an endless amount of beeswax, vegetable dyes, and cotton.

This allowed them to create symbolic patterns designed to bring luck for weddings, newborns, and special spiritual ceremonies.


A Style for the Ages

With its simplicity and elegant style, batik is here to stay.

A practice once reserved for royalty, in our modern age anyone can now have this ancient, fashionable look quite easily!

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Matt Caron
Matt is the content manager of the Sivana blog, an enthusiastic Yoga teacher, and life voyager. He strives to inspire conscious living and conscious dialogue- not only for others but for himself. He's the founder of TheYogaBlog.com. You can find him on Facebook.
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