Origin of Batik

Dyeing is one of the ancient and traditional printing and dyeing technologies in China. As early as the Qin and Han Dynasties (the first century BC), batik was invented by minority nationalities in Southwest China. In Sui and Tang Dynasties, batik was widely used in daily life and reached its peak in Tang Dynasty. Up to now, Southwest China, especially Buyi and Miao ethnic minority areas in Guizhou, has passed on Chinese batik dyeing from generation to generation, enjoying high popularity and reputation at home and abroad.

Batik dyeing, as an anti-dyeing process combining ancient technology with fine arts, is almost spread over five continents. There are many opinions about the origin of batik dyeing in academic circles, and so far no conclusion has been reached. In his book Batch Dyeing Technology, British batik expert Noel Dyllenfoss believes that batik originated in China and spread to Malay Islands and Indonesia along the Silk Road. In 1619, the Netherlands occupied Java Island in Indonesia. In order to expand its military strength, black soldiers recruited from West Africa to Java Island. During their long service, black soldiers gradually accepted Javanese culture and living habits, and wore batik batik cloth like Javanese people, and brought them back to West Africa.

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