Batik is a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are generally from Middle & Far-Eastern Countries and areas of North Africa. Countries that are recognised as being creators of particularly notable batik fabrics are Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Singapore. Every country and indeed region therein that creates batik fabrics has a unique and distinct batik design style, from simple tie-dyed batik design to the more ornate batik design such as Indonesia's famed Bali batik.

Batik is an ancient art form. Dating from as far back as 4th century BC Egypt, where it was apparently used to wrap mummies; linen was soaked in wax, and scratched using a sharp tool. In Asia, the technique was practised in China during the T'ang dynasty (618-907 CE) and in India & Japan during the Nara period (645-794 CE). In Africa it was considered to be originally practised by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria.

Doughty's Batik Fabrics

Doughty's Batik Fabrics

We have many fine examples of modern-day batik designs from a wide range of leading fabric designers. Triple-dyed Bali Batik is a collection of over 200 stunning batik fabrics in a range of colour combinations and a variety of vibrant, sumptuous designs. Inspired by the designs of Indonesian batik makers, Triple-dyed Bali Batiks is one of our most popular ranges of batik fabrics and one of the most versatile.

Fabrics That Care is a range of subtler, colour-coded, tie-dyed style batiks available in blues, greens, browns, yellows, oranges, reds, pinks, lilacs, purples, greys and very light tonal variations. John Louden's Indian Batiks are a range of sumptuous, rich batik designs. Infinity Batiks is a range of colour co-ordinated, tie-dyed and fold-dyed batiks which mixes natural hues with earthy designs.

Batik Blenders from John Louden is a range of batik fabrics that blends tones of colour to create a great range of batiks. Fabric Freedom batiks is a mix of popular and bright batik styles to create a cosmopolitan range of fabrics. Indian Summer is a vibrant and striking collection of batik fabrics with contrasting and bold designs. Fold Dyed batiks are a small range of colourful fabrics with a subtler batik look.