In Balinese society, bananas or ‘pisang’ is a symbol of Amartha or the Waters of Eternity in Wiswa Ongkara (number 3 in Balinese numerological philosophy). Another version indicates that the words ‘pisang Bali’ are derived from the Javanese words ‘pisan’ (‘again’) and ‘bali’ (‘to return’), which together means ‘constantly returning’ or ‘repeating’. Therefore, this batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is traveling away, in a hope that s/he will return safely. It is also a reminder of the ever-returning waters of immortality, i.e. that we are constantly reincarnated and returning according to our life cycles.
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How to preserve Batik
Philosophical Meanings of Batik
Learn and identify the meaning of the motifs from each region. Are you searching for a meaningful gift for your loved ones? Surprise them with a merry little Batik!
Buy the authentic handwritten Batik textiles to add to your prestigious collection. Such support will enhance the well-being of Batik artisans and preserve the living heritage.
If you want to meet the Batik artisans, we encourage you to visit and support Batik workshops in Indonesia. You may discover the local tourism that suits your preference!
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009
Batik Production Process in Bali
Batik production can take 1 month up to 2 years of working time depending on the purposes of the textile creation and the colour complexity. The Batik handwriting textile is generally made with 8 design steps, ranging from wax patterning to colouring process. The artists use Canting, as a tool to put hot melted wax on the cloth.
Overview of Bali Province
Bali is one of the provinces in Indonesia, which is located between Java and Lombok. The capital of the province is Denpasar, which is located in the south of this island.
Batik Villages in Bali Province
Batik villages are the region where the Batik producers mostly reside and open their Batik workshops, as well as display their Batik products. You could buy the Batik textiles from the artisans and participate in the making process of Batik on the site.
Other Agrarian Motifs
The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve that serves as
Tanah Liek batik is also known as clay batik, which is a typical batik fabric originating from
The Toraja people believe that when a person set foot outside his