TIE-DYE SILK TEXTILE (DETAIL) 176 X 88 CMS. CAMBODIA, EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. COURTESY NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CAMBODIA – TAASA Review March 2011

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This article was originally found in the March 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 1, Page 14).

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It could be argued that craftswomen in Cambodia had actual examples of this particular type of batik belanda in their possession and that these were the models for their own explorations into novel patterns.

But with one technical difference ­ they were created in the tie-dye technique with which they were familiar.

Batik is not made in Cambodia. If this scenario is valid, it poses two key questions...