Batik is an adapted aspect of Sri Lankan fashion and textile manufacture which has merged with deep rooted Sri Lankan culture and tradition. Colorful sarees, blouses, sarongs, kurthas, shirts, wall hangings, pennants, cushions and bedspreads are a few items done on Batik. Laksala has a range of Batik items to choose and shoppers are spoilt for choice at its many stores located island wide. Batik is a village based industry in Sri Lanka though at present there are few large scale manufacturers as well. A lot of skill, craftsmanship and effort are necessary to produce an item of Batik and a skilled batik artist can produce only two sarongs or casual shirts a day. Made in silk and cotton, Sri Lankan Batik portray traditional mosaics with attractive designs that reflect portray the imagination, creativity and dexterity of the hands of the artists.

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 wear comes in designs that are unique to the island but nevertheless very colourful and intricate.

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.

With a riot of colour in a Kaleidoscope comes out a Batik. A design drawn on fabric, painted with wax, dipped in a boiling pot of dye - Wow!