The conference aims to be a platform to:
- Develop an international network of Batik
- Foster closer ties among batik producing
- Create a forum for the batik craft and industry
around the world
- Share techniques, innovations technology
and marketing strategies for batik craft and
- Focus on the long term relevance, growth,
progress and prominence of the batik craft and
When we mention batik there will be two identities that is Malaysian Batik
and Indonesian Batik
. Even though both have the same concept and functions but the main difference is in motifs and design. In Malaysian Batik the motifs are mainly of flowers and leaves. Compared to Indonesian Batik, Malaysian Batik rarely depicts motifs of animals on the design because the main religion of Malaysia, Islam, practiced widely, forbids use of life forms or images.
Today our government has recognised Malaysians Batik as one of the official dress for men and women especially in official and unofficial functions. Government servants of Malaysia too were made compulsory to wear batik to work on every Thursday while most, if not all, institutions have their own batik design for staffs as one of the official dress to create identity. Besides using batik motifs as dress, it is also widely used as decorative designs on almost any items.
With batik being recognised, it has become an industry by itself in the area of printing, fashion and marketing especially on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia- Kelantan and Terengganu.
With promotions such as the KLIB, batik will be made known extensively not only for locals but into the International scene.
I will write another entry as a follow-up to this, if I have the opportunity to attend the Convention and Exhibition later.