C ALLIGRA P H I C BATI K C LOT H S IN SOUT H E AST ASIA : M E ANING B E H IND T H E W ORDS – 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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Margaret White T he spread of Islam in the 7th century produced a vast network of trade based on common values and the shared Arabic language, uniting the ummah or global Islamic community.

It is most probable that the calligraphic batik cloths of Southeast Asia were inspired by contact with Indian Muslim and Arab traders throughout the Indonesian archipelago since the 13th century.

The Turkish Ottoman empire secured close links with Aceh and Jambi in Sumatra from the 16th century with the spread of Islam and the Sultanate’s influence was particularly evident in this type of batik cloth...