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Batik Production[edit]

How is it said that the batik dye comes . BatmobileFire (talk) 14:39, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Pronounciation[edit]

How is batik pronounced? BA-tik or ba-TIK? Could be useful to add that to the text.


Stress is generally predictable and non-contrastive in Indonesian and Malay, so both pronunciations are acceptable. Syedhusni (talk) 22:44, 27 January 2008 (UTC)


Why is the IPA given only for Malay, with no indication of Indonesian? Especially strange because most of the text is about Java. Martindo (talk) 11:30, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

Batik software[edit]

The Batik SVG software has nothing whatever to do with this topic. It is simply a product name, albeit a cute one for Java software.

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The Java XML 'Batik SVG Toolkit' is also the first hit on Google for 'batik' - try http://www.google.com/search?q=batik

Perhaps a disambiguation page would help those looking for summary info on http://xml.apache.org/batik/ - just checked and no entry for same in Wikipedia, nor FOLDOC.

Search of Wikipedia for 'batik svg' yielded 2 hits: Scalable Vector Graphics and Apache XML

Dutch spelling[edit]

Why use dutch spelling for canting? I think it's inapropriate202.69.101.170 09:50, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

indonesian language used to have dutch spelling in every latin words, even today some of the words still being used. dutch spelling is part of indonesian spelling also.HoneyBee 20:40, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
But we are no longer using that kind of spelling. The solution would be mentioning "canting" with "Dutch spelling:tjanting" in brackets.202.180.52.37 09:34, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
"tjanting" is not a Dutch word. Not in my version of the van Dale anyway. I believe it to be either Indonesian or Javanese, not sure though. Anyway, it is just the way it is pronounced. As far as I know this pronounciation is still current, therefore I rolled back the removal of the pronunciation. ʍαμ$ʏ5043 17:08, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
To add to my previous comment: "tjap" is in my dictionary. But, I think that what the dutch spelling is, is not relevant for this article. The more important aspect of the terms canting and cap is that the pronunciation of these words is different from what your average english speaking reader would expect. Therefore, the emphasis should be on the pronunciation of these words. Entymology of these words is hardly relevant here and should belong on the wiktionary. ʍαμ$ʏ5043 17:36, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Looks like external links need to be cleaned up.

However, would like to propose the following set of articles labelled Batiks And How To Make Them. It was originally published in the early 1900's and presents a good history of Batik.


Greetings - updated the external links section to be of ability. Removed a few sites that looked like commercial sites. Try to leave the best of them. Smithville 00:36, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

External link again[edit]

Please, if you want to include an external link, find a reliable source, non commercial and really really add additional information. Simply put a link to any website without proper reliable authors of who made the article in the website is not good enough. — Indon (reply) — 08:07, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

General Suggestions[edit]

The History section is starting to firm up. It would be good to see a greater diversity of sources. However, a more significant concern is that the lead (introduction) focuses on Indonesia but the History section has only speculation about Indonesia until the 12th century CE. If that is the best we can determine from written records, then it would be ideal to explain why the technique became more famously associated with Indonesia. Was intricacy the key factor?

The article is growing nicely and some sections might be created to support further expansion. For example, the last paragraph of History could be split off into a new section on Uses, perhaps with a few photos of non-clothing applications. Also, the last part of Procedure is really about modernization of techniques (cap and then automated printing), which could be separated into a new section on Industrialization (or a similar heading). The new section would show examples of cap versus tulis, thereby educating the public (and potential buyers) about how to tell the difference. Keep up the good work, Aireen! Martindo (talk) 22:58, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, I just read the message. Like the new sections. I have moved the last paragraph to the culture section. Not sure whether that is correct, but I think a new section should be created when there is more infos included by other users. Right now, I have run out of ideas, thanks for the batik variates section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Aireen Deviani Harsoyo (talkcontribs) 10:07, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

Was intricacy the key factor[edit]

I think there are 3 things contributing to why it is associated with Indonesia. 1. Good quality 2. Raffles mentioned it the first time that it came from Indonesia 3. The Dutch were really serious in doing the textile business in Indonesia, (got the info from Dutch Wiki) but I can't really deciper what they are saying, only fractions of words. It's good if there is a Dutch to explain it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.126.130.140 (talk) 10:22, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

Internationalization[edit]

While modifying Gunkarta's recent modification of the text on Nelson Mandela, I started wondering if this paragraph is overblown. The fact that Mandela's trademark Madiba shirt was designed by a white woman from South Africa in the 1990s is only a minor issue. IMO, the major issue is the use of famous people in this paragraph to "prove" the internationalization of batik. Surely, President Obama's late mother was not the only person to collect batik. What exactly is the point of mentioning her?

Perhaps we should cut that paragraph entirely?

It seems to me that widespread use of batik (or other wax resist techniques) in a given country would be a clearer sign of dissemination. History is not just a story about famous people. The History section of this WP article mentions Yoruba and other African use of wax resist. I'd like to see that aspect expanded, because it might show old cultural interaction.

Also, let's be cautious about making this article too political. True, there has been a very controversial dispute this year, but WP articles last a lot longer than one year. Bear in mind that there are many cases of cultural transmission that go so far back that it is hard to prove who gave what to whom. See for example claims about mancala versus congkak. Martindo (talk) 01:57, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

Photos[edit]

Gallery is great! Can we keep an eye out to avoid flooding it with modern fashion? Say, a general guideline to have 50% or more of the images show traditional batik, which is still far more prevalent.

BTW, isn't the Tarim Basin photo "wax resist dyed cloth" as clarified in a recent correction of History section? It's not called batik locally, so I think we should use the generic term in the caption. Martindo (talk) 01:28, 18 October 2009 (UTC)


Agreed, we should emphasize more on traditional and cultural aspects of batik. Nevertheless displaying example of batik in modern fashion shows that batik is dynamic and evolve well into modern day Indonesian fashion.

About Tarim Basin, should we differentiate "batik" with "wax resist dyed cloth"? "Batik" is Javanese origin term, but wax resist dyed cloth is far older and spread wider.(Gunkarta (talk) 12:06, 19 October 2009 (UTC))


I corrected the caption to match the text of history section, which treats "was resist" in general, showing the broad geographical range of the technique.Martindo (talk) 00:21, 20 October 2009 (UTC)

It now appears that only 2 of the 6 photos in the Gallery section show ordinary people. Can we delete the last two "modern" ones, retaining only the black-white and the Miss Indonesia?
Okay I'll delete those batik fashion pictures. Another picture of Indonesian batik school uniform would be great. (Gunkarta (talk) 23:06, 22 November 2009 (UTC))
Alternatively, we could make a new page called "Batik Fashion" or "Modern Batik Fashion" and put those photos there, with a link from this page. The new page would allow MANY variations, such as patchwork batik (in style in the 1990s). Martindo (talk) 22:53, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
That's a good idea. (Gunkarta (talk) 23:06, 22 November 2009 (UTC))

Well done. I think a school uniform photo, as well as a government official (or a middle class person at a wedding or other formal affair) would be more appropriate than a slew of fashion images. Martindo (talk) 23:24, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

what is batik[edit]

hi, i am doing my homework and i was wondering if anyone could explain to me? thankyou! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.159.43.167 (talk) 18:37, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Please check the first part of the article, batik is a cloth produced using the wax resist technique from Indonesia, (the word 'batik' itself is Indonesian), although similar cloths also exist in other countries. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rosa lilian (talkcontribs) 06:37, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

From Indonesia[edit]

The lead should mention that batik originated in Indonesia. As it is now, it says that batik is "found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Singapore". Batik is an Indon-Malay tradition. Similar types of patterned cloth may be found in these other countries, but to categorise all of them as "batik" is like saying all dance-dramas are ballet. Morinae (talk) 14:26, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

If you can verify this conclusively with reliable sources, then by all means make the appropriate change. WP:BEBOLD. Or ask for assistance. cheers --Merbabu (talk) 21:56, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
That sentence has been bothering me for a little while. It looks like a "coat-rack" with a variety of countries hung on it at random. I've moved it to the "Culture" section, and tagged it as needing citation. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 23:34, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Should we moved the "Types and variation of Batik" section below "Indonesia"?[edit]

The article seems broke, starting with Indonesia, then other countries, and then Indonesia again (the batik types mentioned in the section are all Indonesian). So, is it a good idea to move this section below Indonesia? That way, the other country can created their own "type and variation" section specific to their own country. I think I will do this if no body objected.--Rochelimit (talk) 13:47, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

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GA Review[edit]

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Reviewer: Chiswick Chap (talk · contribs) 07:29, 26 April 2014 (UTC) I'll be happy to take on this interesting article. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:29, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

Rate Attribute Review Comment
1. Well written:
1a. the prose is clear and concise, and the spelling and grammar are correct. completed full copy-edit.
1b. it complies with the manual of style guidelines for lead sections, layout, words to watch, fiction, and list incorporation. lead:ok (maybe still rather short) layout: ok; weasel: ok; fiction: n/a; lists: n/a
2. Verifiable with no original research:
2a. it contains a list of all references (sources of information), presented in accordance with the layout style guideline.
2b. all in-line citations are from reliable sources, including those for direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—science-based articles should follow the scientific citation guidelines. ok
2c. it contains no original research. More citations are needed.
3. Broad in its coverage:
3a. it addresses the main aspects of the topic. ok
3b. it stays focused on the topic without going into unnecessary detail (see summary style). ok
4. Neutral: it represents viewpoints fairly and without editorial bias, giving due weight to each. ok
5. Stable: it does not change significantly from day to day because of an ongoing edit war or content dispute. ok
6. Illustrated, if possible, by media such as images, video, or audio:
6a. media are tagged with their copyright statuses, and valid fair use rationales are provided for non-free content. ok
6b. media are relevant to the topic, and have suitable captions. All gallery images need captions explaining what they are.
7. Overall assessment. The article has been considerably revised during this GA review, and is now clearly above the minimum standard required. It is pleasing that the stimulus of the review has caused the article to be brought up to standard, but by the same token it was definitely not of the required standard when initially presented, lacking both in coverage and in citations. Further improvement will document variations of technique and styles around Indonesia and elsewhere, and will seek to describe the history and cross-cultural influences in more detail.

Comments[edit]

  • The pronunciation of 'cap' and 'canting' need to be shown. These are still spelt 'tjap, tjanting' by Western suppliers of batik equipment. e.g. Dharma Trading (CA) - there are plenty more. So I think a brief mention that these were the old Indonesian spellings, influenced by Dutch, and the pronunciation is 'Chap, Chanting' (guess you'll have to use the IPA notation) is needed. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:43, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
  • The gallery images are rather too large, and need to have captions that both justify their inclusion and explain what they are. It would be helpful to wikilink technical terms and placenames in such captions (even if already linked in the article).
  • The table seems very plain at the moment. Would suggest a small image in a 4th column of the table to show the nature of the influence; and should wikilink the many places and technical terms in the table. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:43, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
  • There aren't separate articles for cap, canting so these and other tools need to be illustrated, captioned and explained here. The 'Technique' section needs to be extended (considerably) to make it clear what processes are involved, but steering clear of 'how to do it' detail.
  • The names of some of the more famous patterns e.g. the coffee bean batik, the parang rusak (broken sword), etc, need to be shown and ideally illustrated. I may be able to upload some images if you need them. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:49, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

For the record, the nominator asked some questions of the GA reviewer here.

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