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Batik Painting Course at Visual Arts Centre!

Interested in picking a new skill or try out a new art medium form? Why not try out our Batik Painting course at Visual Arts Centre! 

The process of Batik Painting typically involves the following steps:


  1. Preparing the Fabric: The fabric, usually cotton or silk, is washed and treated to remove any impurities and prepare it for the dyeing process.
  1. Applying Wax: Hot wax is applied to the fabric using a tool called a canting or a brush. The wax is used to create a barrier that prevents dye from penetrating certain areas of the fabric, thus creating the desired pattern or design.
  1. Dyeing: Once the wax has dried, the fabric is submerged into a dye bath. The dye colours the fabric, but the areas covered in wax remain unaffected. Multiple dye baths may be used to achieve different colours and shades.
  1. Wax Removal: After dyeing, the fabric is heated to melt and remove the wax. This reveals the intricate patterns and designs created by the wax-resist technique.
  1. Finishing Touches: Once the wax has been removed, the fabric may undergo additional processes such as washing and drying to set the colours and ensure durability.

Batik art manifests differently across various cultural and societal contexts, carrying different forms of expression and meanings. It can serve as a creative form, a cultural expression, or a force for urban beautification and social change.

Batik painting is an art form. How can one learn batik art?

To gain a deeper understanding of batik, it’s essential to explore the various batik patterns available and their underlying philosophical significance. Take a look at the following patterns.

Batik Parang:

The Batik Parang pattern, a classic motif widely utilized, resembles waves and embodies the notion of life’s struggles, akin to the relentless crashing of sea waves against a reef. Those who adorn this motif are encouraged to persist and persevere through life’s adversities. There are six distinct variations within the Parang pattern, each with its own unique characteristics. Notably, the Parang Barong pattern holds special significance, exclusively reserved for use by royalty.

Batik Sekar Jagad:

Originating from Solo and Yogyakarta, the Sekar Jagad batik pattern, favored by royal circles, draws its name from the Dutch word “Kar” meaning map and the Javanese word “Jagad” signifying the world. Symbolizing cultural diversity across Indonesia and globally, this motif celebrates the rich tapestry of cultures.

Batik Mega Mendung:

Hailing from Cirebon, the Mega Mendung pattern, resembling clouds, belies its name by symbolizing not sadness but rather patience, emotional equilibrium, and meticulous problem-solving. Featuring seven color gradations, it signifies the layers of the sky.

Batik Kawung:

Among Indonesia’s oldest batik patterns, Batik Kawung, resembling orderly arranged sugar palm fruit, signifies a reverence for one’s roots and the ability to navigate desires, uphold balance in conduct, and exhibit courage and justice. 

Batik Truntum:

Depicting floral motifs, it symbolizes love’s enduring renewal, emphasizing the necessity of nurturing love continuously, akin to tending to flowers to prevent their wilting over time.


Our Batik Painting Workshops are perfect for art enthusiasts to learn, ideal for tourists from travel agencies to experience, great for team-building activities, and suitable for art therapy. 

For any inquiries, please contact us at: 

Phone: 6255 0711    Email: [email protected]


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Visual Arts Centre (Dhoby Ghaut Studio)

10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green
Singapore 238469

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