BATIK CLOTH WITH ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY AND FLOWER, EARLY 20TH CENTURY, BATIK ON COTTON, 244 X 104 CM (IRREG.), ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, GIFT OF JOHN YU AND GEORGE SOUTTER 2008 – TAASA Review September 2014

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This article was originally found in the September 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 3, Page 22).

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Muslims believe that the written word is God’s word and is, therefore, sacred.

Thus, calligraphy is considered the highest art form in Islamic culture.

Calligraphic batik cloths all bear the elegant, free flowing Arabic script as their main motif which can be represented in various styles, leading to the development of an extensive, artistic vocabulary...