Penang Island Batik Factory

Batik drying in the tropical sun
Batik drying in the tropical sun

Malaysian Factory Creates Rich Batik Fabrics

Batik for sale in Penanag Batik Factory
Batik for sale in Penang Batik Factory

By Nancy Craker-Yahman

Penang, an island rich in culture, history, and adventure, is located in the picturesque country of Malaysia.

When planning a visit to this multicultural nation, you will soon learn that the island has more to offer visitors than its white sandy beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites, flavorful meals, and bargain markets.

Located in Puala Penang, you will find one of the finest batik shops featuring unique wares designed by local artists.

Located on 651, KM2, SWD, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Craft Batik proudly welcomes visitors from near and far.

Open year-round, visitors to the island should pay a visit to this home of impressive local handicrafts.

Traditional Batik Handicrafts

Whether you walk from a nearby chalet or arrive by bus, car, taxi, or motorbike from a nearby hotel, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff eager to explain and showcase one of their country’s traditional handicrafts.

Upon entering Craft Batik, you’ll pass by the Batik Shop. Your eyes will be amazed at the abundance of tropical-inspired clothing featuring geometric designs and a wide selection featuring butterflies, palm leaves, flowers, and tropical fish.

All items for sale are arranged neatly on shelves and hung on racks, swaying gently with the breeze from ceiling fans.

The batik workshop is in an open-air shelter and features a tin roof offering guests and artists protection from sudden rain showers and relief from the hot tropical sun.

Bright blues

Whatever direction your guide takes you, you’ll be intrigued by the materials awaiting exploration.

Guides Who Speak English

Knowledgeable local guides who speak English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Mandarin will escort you through the factory.

They will provide detailed information about the batik process, and while you are navigating through the workspace, guides welcome your questions and allow guests to take photographs.

During the tour, you will learn that the art of batik is one of Malaysia’s most famous art forms. It is an elaborate yet delicate art form, and its works can be seen in many places throughout the country.

Government buildings, businesses, and restaurants pay tribute to its beauty by hanging framed batik prints, and employers offer their workers uniforms and styles of dress showcasing its intrinsic beauty.

The materials and methods for creating batik are highlighted on the tour. You’ll be surprised at the few materials and steps needed to create such decorative masterpieces.

Guests are invited to participate in a workshop where they can make batik for a fee.

Batik Since the 13th Century

Since the early 13th century, Malaysian artists have designed batik, and the locals enjoy wearing its design and comfortable fabrics, mainly cotton sarongs.

Easy to wear, clean, and acceptable dress for a shopping trip or to the beach, sarongs are a fashion that always retains its comfortable and functional style.

Walking through the factory, you will observe artists’ workstations, an array of printing blocks, and additional supportive materials.

Large barrels of melted wax and a ladle for scooping hot wax into a smaller tub make transportation safer.

Stencils, plastic buckets, brushes, and fabrics like cotton and silk are on tables close to the artists.

Batik tools and dyes
Batik tools and dyes

Tjanting, a wood-handled metal instrument, outlines the design with hot wax. Print blocks are dipped in wax and arranged in a pattern on large yards of cloth.

Personal Designs OK

Silk is used, and the artists accept personal design requests. The dying and drying process begins once the piece has been outlined.

At the close of the tour, an assortment of local clothing options featuring traditional Malay and Chinese batik await your exploration.

One can choose from various-sized cotton or silk batik shirts, skirts, shorts, sarongs, and beach wraps.

An abundance of additional accessories, including tablecloths, napkins, coasters, and kites, are also for sale, along with bamboo handheld fans and batik prints for framing.

A few of the latest creations feature the Koi fish in vibrant colors. Prices in Ringgit Malaysia, the local currency, are reasonably priced due to the variety, craftsmanship, and quality of goods for sale.

If you purchase an assortment of items, they could provide a discount. Goods can also be shipped to overseas destinations.

Batik completed and ready to dry
Batik completed and ready to dry

Next to the batik store is a quaint little shop offering touristy items like magnets, Kuala Lumpur Twin Tower statues, t-shirts featuring Penang, postcards, and a selection of cold drinks.

The shop owners are friendly and welcome you to bargain within a few Ringgit Malaysia.

Suppose you are ready to explore, understand, value, and support local artists and pay tribute to a peaceful and vibrant country. In that case, Craft Batik is a must-see destination. You will be pleased that you did.

nancy craker yahman

 

Nancy Craker-Yahman is a retired global educator, teacher mentor, and world traveler who is always willing to share insight into her traveling, teaching, and learning experiences in countries near and far. Her writing is featured in international educator publications and The Reserve & National Guard Magazine.

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