A few things about Batik


Batik has long been associated with the islands of Java where batik tradition is rich, continuous and vey much alive and well. The Indonesians claim the seat of batik legacy, with a refined tradition from the royal courts to the common folk. The best examples of batik have always been traditionally attributed to the Indonesian region where our batiks have been sourced.

Batik patterns are divided into different 'families' of designs, each with hundreds of variations within them. In the past there had been certain designs that belonged to the sacred, forbidden patterns reserved for the Royal Court. Over time these particular patterns (happily four us) have entered into common use. 

Petit Batik embraces many of the traditional batik motifs...

Ceplok Motifs - a wide range of geometric designs, often based on circular rosettes, stars or other small shapes, that form an overall symmetric pattern. 

Kawung Motifs - one of the oldest designs, and was reserved for the Royal family. It represents a cross section of the area-palm fruit, and some say the cross in between the four ovals refers to the universal energy source. 

Parang Motifs - often referred to as a sword pattern by outsiders, however the Javanese say it is the tongue of fire. The Parang motifs are probably the most powerful and strong designs. 

Semen Motifs - Semen, based on the word semi, meaning to sprout or grow, are non-geometric patterns inspired by the natural world. Filled with stylised stems, flowers, leaves, mountains and animals this group of designs was highly important for royalty on special occasions, as well as common people in everyday use.