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Malaysia Batik (Crafted for the world)

(2 December 2005)


Malaysia Batik Malaysia Batik

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Batik is a resist technique of patterning on cloth which uses wax as it's dye resist. The word batik is an Indonesian term derived from the word 'Ambatik'. It is a combination of 'hamba' (servant) and 'titik' (dots), which literally translates as the batik maker being a 'servant of dots'. Traditionally, batik producers used wooden or metal blocks to stamp designs on to the surface of the cloth. Batik produced in this manner is known as 'Batik Cap'. The current trend however, favors the use of an implement called the 'Canting' which enables the maker to draw designs rather freely. This handcrafted Malaysian batik has been well received. It has its own unique identity in the world of batik. Handcrafted Malaysian batik is exclusively produced. It is usually contemporary and modern in concept. The designs created are inspired by various elements such as traditional wood carving motifs, Sarawak ikat 'Pua' design, local floral and fauna in stylized forms rendered in a spectrum of colors. Malaysia batik is now available on a variety of textiles. Malaysia batik has impacted and commands a bigger presence in the international fashion scene.

Binaan Asasi / Foundation Building

The basis of this creation is derived from the most organic form, the roots. Symbolically the root depicts firm symbiotic relationship motif between trees with soil and rocks. The green background in this design monopolizes the whole space whilst the leaves and trees portray the aspiration of Malaysian Batik to penetrate the global market. This design combines practical values and the aesthetics of Malaysian batik with the intention to promote the rich, gentle yet universal Malaysian Cultural values. All selected elements put together in this design are combined to present batik as a world class creation.

Persona Sutera / Silk Personna

Batik creation should use contemporary materials. This thought triggers the concept of this design. Freehand strokes or 'Canting' technique are still widely used in order to get a truly exclusive impact. Malaysian flowers such as orchids and ferns have inspired this design. The use of bright colors enliven as well as increase the exclusivity of this design. The silk fabric used adds to the beauty of the batik and has drawn international attention to Malaysia batik.

Malaysia Bersatu / United Malaysia

The design for this stamp which is based on the colors of the national flag, focuses on the effects of wax crackles. Crackles or 'retak seribu' happens as an incidental outcome of dye seepage through the resist wax during the multiple boiling in the dying process. This crackling visual textures are then combined together in a series of overlapping colors which are rendered using the 'dry-brushing' technique. The overall creation aim to reflect a blend of influences inspired from the design elements in the textiles originating from the Malay Archipelago, China and India. They are essentially a composite heritage from the various ethnic components in Malaysia.

Penyatuan / Convergence

'Pucuk Rebung' and 'Bunga Tanjung' are two of the more commonly used motifs in traditional Malay decorative designs especially in woven fabrics. These two are combined and adapted in a stylized geometric floral arrangement in order to create contemporary design without jeopardizing their originality. The wax crackles and multiple layering techniques are again the emphasis in the design execution. Vibrant colors are preferred to create a strong visual impact for a lasting impression.

Technical Details

Date of Issue 2 December 2005
Denomination 30 sen, 50 sen, RM1
Stamp Size 30mm X 40mm
Miniature Sheet Denomination RM2.00
Miniature Sheet Size 100mm X 70mm
Stamp Size in Miniature Sheet 30mm X 40mm
Perforation 14
Sheet Content 20 stamps
Paper SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process Lithography

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