Batik, which is one of textile dying arts, is one of the oldest arts which have
come from the past and still lives today. Said to date back to second century B.C., this
art has also been applied by Turks and its first examples were made in Middle Asia
in the period between 700-750 A.C. Some researchers associate the word of “batik”
with the “batik” word which was used in old Turkish language and meant writing
and picture; therefore, they claim that the art of batik had been created by Turks and
that it was transferred to India and Malaysia thereafter.
The word batik which means point, putting a dot and painting in Malaysian language is
used as “ambatik” in Malaysia. While the art of batik had been used for giving colour to
clothes formerly, later, it also began to be actively used for determining the social status.
The art of batik which is used in determining the social relations has also had the
opportunity to explain itself in many fields of fine arts within art education. Therefore,
the art of batik has always been a popular art which has kept its importance through
the course of history, from the past to today. In this context, we will try to examine
the features of art of batik and the artists who have set their hearts on the art of batik.