Sri Lanka's Batik Industry
Heading for a vibrant future
Many tourists who visit Sri Lanka wear Batik shirts, frocks and sarongs during their vacation in Sri Lanka and also buy items done in Batik as souvenirs and gifts.
Each step in the process of batik manufacturing is done by hand. Batik is the art of using wax on fabric to avoid dyeing a certain portion of the fabric. This is known as wax-resist dyeing. A brush is used to apply wax for larger patterns. After waxing the cloth, the material is immersed in dye. The wax is removed with boiling water later which makes the waxed area a different color from the dyed area. This process has to be repeated with different areas to produce different shades and complex vivid designs. The final creation depends upon the craftsmanship of the artisan and that makes each product is unique.
Sri Lankan Batik designs are mostly linked to the country’s nature, culture and mythology. Popular motifs are scenes of daily life mixed with festivals such as Kandy Perahera, ancient legends and palaces, elephants bathing in a river and stilt fishermen.