By Olugbemisola Michael
Batik is Indonesia traditional fabric, colourful and beautiful; it can be pattern to one’s taste. The art of batik is highly diverse and continues to change gradually to reflect modern day techniques and fashion trends.
The fabric originates from Java; with influences from Chinese, Arabian, and even European acculturations; now other regions in Indonesia have produced their own batik motifs, which are considered at par with the original Javanese patterns. Nevertheless, with the wave of western influence after Indonesia’s independence, Batik has been widely worn by different nationalities all over the world..
On the international scene, batik has already taken its place in the contemporary fashion industry. Now the fabric is not only used for traditional clothing, but has also found its way to applications such as high fashion as well as being used in accessories such as handbags. Many popular figures have walked the red carpet proudly wearing batik, from Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama, and from Beyoncé Knowles to Jessica Alba.
The international fashion scene has seen Indonesian designers introducing batik to the world through mixing the fabric with modern designs. These advancements have also influenced internationally renowned designers from other countries to include batik in their design collections. Notably, the Belgian-American designer Diane von Furstenberg’s batik dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate
Middleton; while Angelina Jolie was seen wearing a batik dress by US designer Nicole Miller.
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
FABRICS FOR BATIK PATTERN
The fabrics that batik patterns can be applied to has also moved on from silk, satin, chiffon and cotton to thicker fabrics such as wool and cashmere. Luxurious embellishments such as metallic gold thread are also adding new dimensions to the possibilities of how batik can be customised and made into an individual fabric for use by Fashion Houses.
TRENDING BATIK STYLES IN 2019
Try these styles with batik fabrics and you will be happy you did.
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