Batik textiles are one of Indonesia's most distinctive crafts. Using hot wax to block out intricate patterns before dyeing (a technique called resist dyeing), craftspeople create fabrics of an astounding range of designs and colors. A number of places in Bali teach the technique and allow you to spend a few hours creating your own batik, but Batik Popiler in Denpasar is recommended. Visitors can take part in a class or watch experts painstakingly create batik work. In an adjoining shop, you can browse and buy batik artwork and beautiful handmade sarongs, and see how these traditional fabrics have been used in modern fashion.
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Batik is an Indonesian resist-dyeing technique, and this family-owned brand has been making batik textiles for more than 40 years. Its establishment is part museum, part boutique: Watch the painstakingly detailed process of making batik, then peruse the richly colored paintings and clothing for sale.