Batik is a resist technique of patterning on cloth which uses wax as its dye resist. The word batik is an Indonesian term derived from the word "ambatik" - a combination of the words "hamba" (servant) and "titik" (dots); literally translates as the batik maker being a "servant of dots".
Traditionally, batik producers used wooden or metal blocks to stamp designs on to the surface of the cloth. Batik produced using this technique is known as "Batik Cap".
The current trend however favours the use of an implement known as "Canting" which enables the maker to draw designs rather freely. This handcrafted Malaysian Batik has been well received, and is exclusively produced. The designs created are inspired by various elements such as traditional wood carving motifs, Sarawak ikat "Pua" design, local floral and fauna in stylised forms rendered in a spectrum of colours.
This stamp issue features the following actual motifs produced by the winners of the prestigious Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition :
Foundation Building - The basis of this design is derived from the most organic form - the roots, symbolically depicting the firm symbiotic relationship motif between trees with soil and rocks. This design combines practical values and the aesthetics of Malaysian Batik with the intention to promote the rich, gentle yet universal Malaysian cultural values.
Silk Pesonna - Malaysian flowers have inspired this design. The use of bright colour enlivens as well as increases the exclusivity of this design while the silk fabric used adds to the beauty of the batik, while has also drawn international attention to Malaysia batik.
United Malaysia - The design for this batik is based on the colours of the national flag, focuses on the effects of wax crackles. Crackles or "retak seribu" happens as an incidental outcome of dye seepage through the resist wax during the multiple boiling in the dying process. The overall creation aims to reflect a blend of influences inspired from the design elements in textiles originating from the Malay Archipelago, China and India.
Date of Issue : 2 Dec 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
If you happen to be in Penang, you can pay a visit to the Batik Painting Museum located at Armenian Street. The museum showcases the history of batik in Malaysia, and also showcases many of the art pieces by artists who were central in batik making an artform.
Address : 19, Armenian Street, 10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone : +604-262 4800
Website : http://www.batikpg.com/