Batick Print Silk Saree: Yet another Glorious Gift of Bengal

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A beautiful art using the resist and dye method originated around 2000 years back in many parts of the East and South East Asian countries and spread out in different parts of the world. Indonesia became most popular for the art. Some even believe that the art originated from Java. To support this, one can testify the origin of the name of this art ‘Batick’ – which is Javanese by origin and is predicted to have come from the two words ‘Amba’ and ‘Titik’. Amba in Javanese means ‘to write’ and Titik means ‘dot’. The art of Batick until date uses lines and dots with a pen like equipment.

Although the art of Batick print from Indonesia is designated a masterpiece, batick print of West Bengal, India has a class of its own. Batick print silk sarees stand proud in their own glory amongst the rich collection of Indian sarees from all over the country. Mainly produced in the Shantiniketan area of West Bengal, the art uses intricate and elaborate patterns making each piece of saree look like a canvas.

Mostly hand printed, Batick can also be mass manufactured in factories. However, the materials produced in factories are mainly used as dress materials for women; for making shirts and kurtas for men and for upholstery. The sarees are mostly a product of the handicraft industry and this is another reason, which makes each saree unique and special.

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