31 Jul The ancient textile art of batik
The ancient textile art of batik is a craft on its own, with the application of wax and fabric dyes used to create visually unique imagery. Though dating back at least 1,5000 years to Egypt and the Middle East, with samples found in countries such as Turkey, India, China, Japan and West Africa, batik is currently most renowned in the South East Asian region, namely Malaysia, which prides batik as a national symbol and heritage.
Located within a three-storey Straits eclectic-style shophouse on the bustling Armenian street, the Batik Painting Museum in Penang proudly house a gallery showcasing some early 1950s batik painting done by Chuah Thean Teng, known as the Father of Batik Painting, as well as subsequent works by other Malaysian batik artists. Additionally, the museum also offers occasional batik classes and workshops for locals and tourists alike who are interested in the art of batik.
Like George Town, the art of batik represents the ever-influencing essence of the past that continues to shape the future of Penang, with the museum housing a heritage tradition that intends to carry on for generations to come.