Everybody likes to spice up their style with a little batik sometimes. Nowadays, a lot of people incorporate batik in their outfits by wearing batik shirts or batik blouses and many other accessories decorated in a batik pattern. Plus, there are a lot of stores that dedicate themselves to selling only the best batik accessories. You could find blouses, skirts, shirts and even batik headbands or bracelets. They’ve got almost anything with batik patterns on them. To help you out a little bit, I’ve compiled some of the best batik accessory shops there is in Malaysia.
I find it amazing that people are creating and selling batik-designed pieces in many different options. It’s so creative and simple that anyone can rock the pieces from the shops I’m about to list. These shops show how much effort they put into each piece and it’s beautiful to see these shops preserving batik culture in Malaysia. Before we get into the list, let me brief you on the origins of batik.
Batik And Its Origins
Batik, by definition as an Indonesian-Malay word, means “drops”. It actually originated in Indonesia and the batik used by Malaysians now is Javanese-influenced. There are a few ways of creating batik patterns. Originally, Malaysians used wooden blocks in order to create textures that are batik-like. However, in the late 1920s, the usage of wax was led by Javanese batik designers. Although batik designs in Malaysia are very different from Javanese batik, there are a few techniques and designs that were Javanese-influenced.
Batik has now become a general term to describe dyeing fabric while using wax to create patterns and sort of guide the colours. A pattern would be drawn on with wax and areas without the wax would absorb the colours beautifully. Now, there are a few ways to create batik designs. One could go with tradition and use written batik which is designs drawn by hand, or you could use stamp batik which involves using a design stamp, typically made with wood. There are a few other ways and each way results in a beautifully patterned and coloured design.
As mentioned before, a lot of people have found new ways to incorporate batik designs in what we use or wear and these are a few of the best online batik accessories shop that sell them:
Started from a small family tailoring business, Gérson has been operating for over thirty years and just established their online business in 2018 with the help of four cousins from the family. Gérson has successfully nurtured their business into something more than just a tailoring service. They still receive custom orders like a custom batik tie or if you’d like your very own custom-made batik dress. Also, they have ready-made items that are up for grabs like batik tops for women and men. These ready-made items are created uniquely with pre-chosen batik fabric. Thus, every item will have a different design. So, wait no longer and order your favourite batik item with Gérson!
Striving to preserve the culture of traditional batik through contemporary design, MaryamBayam has a lot of outfits and accessories that will compliment your style. A few of the interesting accessories that are available on MaryamBayam is their batik chokers, batik headbands, batik scrunchies as well as their batik earrings. So simple yet it could complete a look. For instance, if you were to decide on wearing a monotone outfit, you could add a splash of colour with their earrings, headbands or chokers. For an elegant yet comfortable look, you could always pair a plain blouse with MaryamBayam’s batik pareo. Plus, they even sell batik face masks for anyone trying to stay safe and remain fashionable. Try to keep up-to-date with their website and Instagram so that you can grab your favourite batik piece before it gets sold out!
3. Oh Dayang
Believe me when I tell you that Oh Dayang has some of the most beautiful batik accessories anyone can find. They have earrings, bangles and necklaces which are just the things you’d need to complete a fabulous look. Elegant yet simple, these glamorous pieces of jewellery can make themselves stand out with the splashes of colour, boosting your confidence as you stride and flaunt your style. Even minimalists can rock the look with Oh Dayang, as they emphasize simplicity in their products. Put your normal hoop earrings to the side and accessorize with Oh Dayang’s batik accessories.
Established in 2016, Kanoe is a batik shop that sells very beautiful batik pieces made with love. From crop tops, dresses and pencil skirts to face masks, scrunchies and headbands, they’ve got it all. Created from only the best fabrics from around the world, Kanoe strives to provide batik pieces that tell a story and show people how much love they put into every piece with each unique design. Moreover, be prepared for their plus-size batik pieces! Kanoe wants everyone to feel included while they share their love through their batik pieces. Personally, I appreciate the thought of starting plus-size pieces since I am a plus-sized girl myself so I’m excited to see what they have in store.
I feel like batik culture in Malaysia would never die down. Batik is a beautiful form of art. Every day, people are finding new ways to incorporate batik designs in the things we wear or use. The batik accessories sold at every one of these shops are unique and beautiful. From the businesses in this list, it’s proven that batik can be used to design almost anything. With that, I’m sure these businesses will grow and further preserve batik culture in Malaysia. So check them out and show them some love.
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