Learn and enjoy the art of Batik In Bali
In village just north of Ubud, Bali, Widya offers batik instruction, personal or in workshop format, to locals and visitors alike, materials are provides. We'll even pick you up at your hotel or bungalow, and bring you to and from WIdya's Studio in Tegallantang. All you need is your imagination... and a sack lunch.

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The"chanting" tool, a burner and small wax wok.

The Origins of Batik

Born south of Yogyakarta in the middle of Java Island in Indoneisa, Widya Harsana realized his passion for art at an early age, and learned batik in a Javanese factory when he was a teenager.
Widya moved to Bali in 1987 and took a job a batik factory outside to Ubud.

During that time, he also held batik workshop for locals and tourists, just off of Monkey Forest Road and was a batik instructor at Bali International school in Sanur, near Kuta. Today Widya works out of a studio in his family's village in Tegallantang 1,5 km north of Ubud Center.

While Widya's batik can sometimes be found in local galleries and shops, he creates batiks primarily as commissions for discriminating, global customer. His students range from children, locals and tourists from all around the world, young and old, all with a curiosity about this unique art form

The term batik generally refers to cloth that has been decorated by a wax resist technique. A Pattern is applied in hot wax onto a piece of cloth, usually cotton. When the cloth is later dyed, those parts which have been treated with wax will not take up the dye: when the wax is removed a pattern of white lines will be left.

This process can be repeated with a number of subsequent waxings, and dye baths, leaving a complex pattern of motifs in a variety of colors. How long this method of decorating cloth has been recorded in many countries throughout the world. Fragments of fabric decorated with resist techniques have been found in tombs in China dating back to the sixth century and by the eigth century the wax resist techniques seems to have spread to Japan. But it is by its Indonesian name "batik" that the process is best known, and most people agree that it is in Indonesia that the skill of batik making has reached the highest level of artistry.

Many fine details can be incorporatd into a batik using the chanting tool. Stamps are generally made of bronze Stamping is one many ways to apply wax to fabric. Mid-process, a batik can look quite different from the final product
An example of a sarong design the final product!

  • Batik Tulis
    Batik waxed by hand with a chanting is known as "batik tulis". This is the original, or traditional,
    way of creating batik.
    The tool used to apply wax in fine lines is called a "chanting". A chanting tools consists of two parts,
    the handle which is made from Bamboo and the front spout which is made of copper.
    Stamping, a method later developed in Java, is another way to apply wax. Stamping can be done
    by hand, or combined with "batik tulis". Mass produced batiks are often made with the help
    of machine stampers.

    Unlike in many batik studios which use chemically based dyes, all of the dyes used in Widya's Batik
    studio are organic, and are made from plants, flowers, vegetables and minerals.
    Some of WIdya'a color is "light-activated," stabilizing and changing to true color in the sun.
    Other colors change to their true color in the fixing process
    When the dyes are set, the batik is boiled to remove the wax. Afer the boil, the piece is washed
    in clean water, then dried to reveal the beauty and originality of the batik!