Introducing Batik

The word “batik” insists on the use of wax-resistat dyeing applied to cloth. It is an ancient art that can be traced as far back to ancient Egypt, around 4th century B.C. on the linens used to wrap mummies, as well as China during the Tang dynasty and India during the Nara period.

In this region, Indonesian batik is renowned for the skill of canting (or as spelt in Dutch as tjanting), where incredibly intricate designs can be found as far back as the 14th century. The Chinese and Dutch colonists were active in developing this technique in Java, Indonesia.

Legend has it that Laksamana Hang Nadim created his own batik fabrics as a result of a failed expedition to retreive batik fabrics from India in the 17th century, on order by Sultan Mahmud of Malacca. However, many attribute

Pink Jambu’s signature batik is created using the technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth using a spouted tool called a canting, as opposed to the more commonly use of a stamp known as cap printing.

At Pink Jambu, we care about the environment and the harmful effects of industrial processes. This is why we specialise in custom orders, in order to make an item special for you, but also to reduce wastage.

Each batik piece created in our workshop is designed and crafted just for you. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Each design signifies a different era in Tengku Marina’s design journey.

We have been taking steps to become a greener batik house. As of 2017, we are using a combination of 100% natural dyes as well as eco-friendly chemical dyes, applied onto the highest quality cotton and silk sourced from the region. After all, the process of canting is best applied to pure natural fibres. Fabrics containing negligible amounts of synthetic fibres often prevents the wax from cohering to the fabric, causing colours to leak beyond their wax outlines.

Each product is hand-painted in our atelier with care, ensuring that you carry a piece of Malaysian luxury wherever you go