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Short History of Batik

Batiks origins can be traced back to Asia, India and Africa. Some say the word is of Malay roots and translates "to write" or "to dot".

Batik is an art medium and methodology for creating design, usually on cloth, by applying wax to portions of the material and then dyeing it, then removing the wax. This can be done to make vibrant colors and incredible designs.

Batik is said to be an ancient art that has been handed down for thousands of years. It is said to be wide spread as the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, India and more!

Although the exact origins of batik are unknown, it is most common on the island of Java, Indonesia. It is known when the art of batik was first practiced in Java, batik belonged only to royalty and families of wealth and position. It was a hobby for the royal woman. Aristocrats and royalty had certain designs identifying a family, social status or geographical location on the island. Many of these designs have survived to this day. Today it is believed that certain patterns have special meanings and are thought to bring the wearer good luck, wealth, prosperity, health, etc. We hope it brings you good luck and prosperity when you wear your sarong from 1 World Sarongs.

Currently, batik art has spread to India, China, Malaysia, Europe and Africa. It has become a skill and art of many great cultures. Today it is worn world wide by men and women, and can be seen almost anywhere. Artists typically decorate their batik fabrics in any way they are inspired. Because the art is becoming more and more popular there are lots more resources for the artists. This is yielding many types of designs, colors, and patterns. Batik is being used to make many different items some of which you'll find on 1 World Sarongs. Mainly clothing and sarongs, but if you go to our Indonesian Art page and look under Masks you'll find batik is being used as well.

Testimonials/Words of Wisdom

  • I appreciated the selection, new member discount, and free shipping. I received my order in 2 days! Everything ordered was as advertised. Very pleased with the order. Sarongs are very comfortable for working in the yard. Thank you.

    - Ava
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I was very pleased at how fast my order was delivered and the quality of the product and I also plan to purchase from them again.

    - Tabby
  • Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Love my new sarong... can't wait to purchase more. The print is awesome. Sarongs come in handy whether at the beach or lounging around the house.

    - Kate
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • This is a great company to do business with. My items were shipped fast and in good condition. The sarongs are gorgeous! Thank you 1 World Sarongs

    - Samara
  • Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • First, thank you! This little package that I bought will be going to Hawaii with us and we both will look gorgeous with his shirt and my sarong. First thing I did was rip open the package and had my daughter show me every different way to wear the sarong; it is beautiful...Very satisfied!

    - Lindsey
  • Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Love the sarongs, fast shipping, great prices!

    - Jennifer
  • When it rains, look for the rainbows. When itís dark, look for the stars.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • This has become one of my favorite merchants. I found them when my son was getting married. Their rehearsal dinner had a Hawaiian themed affair and this site was amazing. Love the choices and prices are great. Definitely stop by. Their plus size sarongs are perfect for the more elaborate styles of tying. A+ 1 World Sarongs!

    - Louise
  • Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try..

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I received my Sarong in 3 days. I was so pleased with the quality I ordered another one. I will definitely recommend this site to family and friends.

    - Sasha
  • Change the way you see things and the things you see will change..

    - Words of Wisdom
  • loved my first order, great price and I was so surprised and impressed at the quality of them, seeing that they were imperfect ones, really appreciated the service too, shipping was quick, I would recommend them to others and order again:)

    - Beth
  • Donít let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Their website is very user friendly. There are lots of color & style choices and good photos to view them. The price is extremely reasonable and shipping was extremely prompt. I originally bought 1 sarong and liked it so much I ordered another one in a different color and several gauzy scarves to wear both with the sarongs or anytime. I highly recommend them and will buy from them again.

    - Ora
  • In order to succeed we must first believe that we can.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I was extremely happy with my order; the items are gorgeous and delivery was very fast! Thank you SO much!!

    Excellent variety of beautiful sarongs at very reasonable prices! My go-to store for my summer or vacation sarong wardrobe.

    - Faith
  • Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I have already purchased several items from this merchant; for example: sarongs, jewelry, and sarong ties. The merchant as much as the products always meet my expectations. People who see what I buy from them, always praise the beauty and quality of the products. The pricing is very competitive; I can't find better prices. S&H is flawless too. On top of that, they offer products that are hard to find in the US, or not offered by anyone else -- that I know off-- like the sarong ties. For sure, I will keep on buying from 1 World Sarongs.

    - Parson
  • Strive for progress, not perfection.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Beautiful products, fast shipping, good customer service communication. Repeat Customer.

    - Katie
  • Donít call it a dream. Call it a plan.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Very professional and service was fantastic. Very positive people to work with!

    - Amanda
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Great selection of very beautiful sarongs. The weight of the fabric is perfect and very flattering on the body. Thank you 1 World Sarongs!

    - Lisa
  • Every day is a second chance.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Fantastic price, super fast shipping, quality product. Highly recommended, and will definitely shop here again. As this is my first sarong, I am also impressed by the "how to tie a sarong section" and link to YouTube videos. I look forward to the warm weather and freedom of the sarong!

    - Amy
  • You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Customer service was outstanding...thank you so your sarongs and ties....just beautiful!!!! I really appreciate the friendly service and fast delivery. My husband thinks the sarongs are WOW!

    - Maureen
  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I love the customer service as well as the product. The economy is bad and itís nice to know that you can still look beautiful and a reasonable price.

    - Karen
  • If you cannot be positive, then at least be quite.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • Once again, another painless shopping experience! I love their unique sarongs, and buy not only for myself, but for family and friends. 1 World Sarongs is the best!

    - Bell
  • Where there is love there is life.

    - Words of Wisdom
  • I found their site easy to navigate and loved the pictures to give me an example of the colors and patterns available. The best part was that from what I can tell it was shipped immediately and I had my Sarong within a few days! I have been telling everyone that will listen that they should check out the website and I will definitely being ordering from it again soon!

    - Tika
  • Life isnít a matter of milestones, but of moments.

    - Words of Wisdom