C U LT U RAL P OLITI C S : B ATI K A N D W A Y A N G I N I N DO N E S IA A N D M ALA Y S IA – TAASA Review June 2013

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This article was originally found in the June 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 2, Page 13).

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Marshall Clark I n recent history ­ as a fabric, art and craft ­ batik has been associated with the Javanese of Indonesia and the Malays of east coast Peninsular Malaysia.

As a generic term, batik refers to a process of decorating a fabric by applying a wax-resist prior to dyeing.

In Southeast Asia, batik first emerged in Java, and made its way to the Malay Peninsula sometime after the 13th century...