Batik Malaysia


Batik found in both countries of Indonesia and Malaysia have a shared tradition, and is much associated traditionally with the island of Java. On the contemporary scene, however, Batik Malaysia is fast attaining its share in the international fashion limelight.

While the states of Terengganu and Kelantan are traditionally famous and well-regarded for the production of batik in Malaysia today, the city of Kuala Lumpur and places such as Penang and Langkawi which are popular among tourists for their tropical sun-kissed beaches are also important sources of batik Malaysia.

While it shared a common origin with Indonesian batik, Batik Malaysia dares to be different and some of the excellent contemporary pieces can attest to batik's vibrancy and splendour that transcends cultural aesthethics and borders.

In the past decade or so, there has been a revival and rejunevation of the arts and crafts of Malaysia. Under the patronage of the late Y.A.B Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, for instance, the nyonya kebaya and batik gained international recognition. Her passion for Malaysia's cultural heritage and arts and crafts are reflected in many undertakings and projects then.

Her legacy in promoting and doing more for batik and other Malaysian arts and crafts is still kept alive by passionate parties, both governmental bodies and private insititutions and batik enthusiasts and designers. Global exhibitions, various books, workshops, textile conferences, fashion shows, tourism, competitions, classes all contribute to batik's popularity and attracting new admirers of this ancient art which is given a new life. The book, "Batik Inspirations" is one such endeavour.

One distinct feature of Malaysian batik is the modern, unrestrained motifs which often draw from local cultural expressions. Colours too, in many instances tend to be bold and varied. While floral themes abound, more abstract forms are taking forms on the canvas of the batik fabric. This unique combination of features makes batik appealing beyond the Malaysian borders.


This batik book focus on batik Malaysia/ Malaysian batik - with batik techniques, motifs and designs that are close to the country. It combines batik Malaysia with fashion, by Malaysian batik designers.

  1. The first coffee-table book featuring top MALAYSIAN batik designers, and their creations.
  2. Batik making process.
  3. Beautiful pictures - all taken in historic Malacca.
  4. Models in Malaysian lifestyle settings.
  5. Distinctive settings - Malay houses, colonial buildings, Peranakan houses.
  6. Able to see details & texture of batik fabric with hand lens - because of high resolution pictures.
  7. Unique layout & design.

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Testimonials from the Press

"The various techniques of batik making has depth... get the chance to see the stunning results."
- The Star Malaysia
"...showcases the vibrant, unique and beautiful colours of Malaysian batik."
The Star Malaysia (Metro Central)
"Batik book that will blow you away."
Sunday Mail Malaysia



"Batik Inspirations... is like a cupboard filled with beautiful and wonderful batik, and which every page shows the glorious colours of batik."
Berita Harian Malaysia

"This innovative book features the designs of nine prominent local designers, with full colour spreads on the role of batik in modern fashion."
The Peak Malaysia
"The results are stunning when the chosen presentation of batik inspired designs, photography and backdrops are able to attract the attention and be an experience to the readers."
Kosmo Malaysia


"Showcasing the wondrous designs found in Malaysian batik."
Photo Video Imaging Singapore


"Featuring dramatic photographs of models and rich textiles set against Peranakan, Chinese, Malay and colonial buildings in Malacca."
NTU Graduation Issue Singapore


"To Introduce the beautiful material in a highly engaging visual journey."
MPH Quill Malaysia


"Each designer brings a unique insight into the world of batik."
KLue Magazine Malaysia


"Readers are able to see intricate details of batik."
GetThat Singapore



The book is also featured in:
The Sunday Times Singapore
Malacca High School 180 Years: Our Story

Testimonials From Prominent Malaysian Leaders
"I congratulate the successful publication of this colourful pictorial book. Batik is one of Malaysia's national icons which do not age with time. The creations shown in this book combine the traditional with the modern, reflecting our society that thrives in modernisation while maintaining our traditional values. This makes Malaysia unique and helps draw visitors to this beautiful country. Thank you".

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Bin Tengku Mansor
Minister of Tourism Malaysia


"Batik has a very speial place in the world of textile. No other cloth in the Nusantara archipelago, perhaps in the world, contains so much symbolism and so many meanings. In the philosophy of its colour and designs, batik expresses the spirit of the people who make it and wear it.

Batik Inspirations has captured the unique identity of Batik Malaysia. By showcasing Batik Malaysia combined with fashion, Batik Inspirations show that the centuries old hand-drawn technique of Malaysia can be preserved with the changing times.

In addition, the background shots in historical places and final touches of Malaysian lifestyle settings, Batik Inspirations has gone far beyond than just showcasing Batik Malaysia, but instead Malaysia as a whole - its very rich culture, heritage and traditions. The Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage strongly supports such invaluable publication in order to bring Malaysia Batik to the world."

Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim
Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Malaysia

"I fully commend the authors for this beautiful book showcasing Malaysia's rich culture and heritage in a captivating visual journey. This is truly a Malaysian book that Malaysia can be proud to show the world as a window to our country".

Datuk Dr Victor Wee
Secretary General
Ministry of Tourism Malaysia


"Malacca is known for its distinct and diversified heritage which comes with its rich history. The old yet beautiful buildings still charms the locals and tourists alike up to today. As can be seen here in Batik Inspirations, these buildings are still very much alive, especially when combined with the colourful Batik Malaysia."

YB Datuk Ab Rahaman bin Hj Ab Karim
Chairman of Tourism, Cultural and Heritage State Committee


"Batik Inspirations has captured the essence of Malaysia - her culture, heritage and traditions . By showcasing Batik Malaysia against the backdrops of historically rich and multi-racial Malacca, this book truly serves as a representation of what makes Malaysia unique and truly special."

Mr Lim Chow Beng
General Manager, Melaka Tourism Action Council
Ministry of Tourism Malaysia


"Batik, an old technique in the fabric industry is one of the most versatile craft of Malaysia.

The artist's craftmanship is transferred on the chosen fabric with great diligence and skills. May this Batik Inspirations: Editions BLUE bring batik to a greater height worldwide as well as give satisfaction, inspiration and serves as a productive tool to designers, collectors, students and lovers of beautiful fabric".

Puan Hajah Zuraidah Abdul Razak
General Manager
Syarikat Pemasaran Karyaneka Sdn Bhd


Batik Malaysia

More Testimonials

"Batik Inspirations is nothing less than a creation of art. This spiritual effort is the emotional reflection of life, hence culture is exposed and tradition shared."

Sarkasi Said Tzee, baron of batik and recipient of Special Recognition Award
(Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts, Singapore)


"The forward-looking book boldly essays a blueprint for melding tradition and post-modernism through the lens of a new generation of batik fashion."

The Peranakan Association (Singapore)

"Batik Inspirations truly presents in an art form the richness of batik.  Between eM.K's professional photography and QuaChee's unique conceptualising; batik is given Life! 
Batik Inspirations also speaks strongly of the inspirational journey of a resourceful talented young man who embarks confidently into a Life of Significance.  This Significant Life is opening petal by petal into full bloom in the near future touching lives many times over.
The Book Batik Inspitations is a JOY to behold in one's hands and when passed to another is JOY Unlimited!"
Koh Chee Hua
1st Asia / International
Founding Member, Singapore

Why Batik Inspirations?

8 reasons we are recommending this book


1. Batik |Batik Designs

This book showcases contemporary batik designs - designs that are bold, colourful and vibrant. With designers from Malaysia, the batik designs featured are a break away from the traditional batik. The motifs featured consists of both flaura & fauna (eg. hibiscus/ butterflies) and with a modern use of geometrics (eg. lines/ spirals).


2. Fashion

This book showcases the works of award-winning fashion designers who uses batik as a medium for their designs. Featured designs here are haute-couture, evening wear, and casual wear. A good buy for those in the fashion industry, as this book will show you how you can create wonderful clothes. And with batik, you need not go through the hassle of sourcing for cloth materials with a particular design, but instead you can just draw it yourself. The interviews with the designers are also included giving insights to the designers' ideas and inspirations.


3. Arts & Photography

The core of this book showcases spreads of models parading the batik designs in fashion. With unique photography which combines the heritage backgrounds with modern fashion, the photographs from the book has won praises from both laymen and other photographers alike. As author QuaChee puts it: "These photographs are in a way like a mini epic movie - just that these pictures are stills."


4. Beautiful pictures

What makes the pictures beautiful is because it consits of 3 elements:

i) heritage background

ii) models to bring it to life

iii) models wearing beautiful batik clothes that complements the designs.

The eight batik designers featured are all distinct from each other, hence, you get a book that has eight different locations. The interesting thing is that for each designers is given a particular background so that their clothes compliments the background and vice versa.


5. Culture, Heritage and Tradition

Batik Inspirations showcases Malaysia's living heritage - batik. This cottage industry is currently widely promoted by the Malaysian Government.

To give this book a special touch, the models parade in a local lifestyle setting (eg. playing the traditional 'congkak' game, the way Malaysians greet each other - the 'salam'). All these showcase Malaysia's rich culture and tradition.


6. Peranakan |Peranakan culture |All things Peranakan

Batik has and still is associated with the Peranakans (Straits-born Chinese), especially when the Peranakans wear the batik 'sarungs'. In addition, a section of this book contains photographs set in Peranakan homes... which were a big hit among the Peranakans during the exhibition at the Peranakan Festival.


7. Malacca |Malaysia

All photographs in the book were taken entirely from Malacca - from the famous Stadhuys, the oldest Malaysian temple (the Cheng Hoon Teng temple), the Malay traditional 'kampung' (village) house, the Merlimau house with architecture influence from Indian, Malay and Chinese and the Peranakan homes.

Being the historical state of Malaysia, this book is a good representation of Malaysia too.


8. Coffee-table books

If you are looking for a high-end book that you would like to put it on your coffee-table, this would be among the few that you can consider. You will definitely be proud to show this high-end coffee-table book to your visitors and friends.


Sample of what's inside!




Contents Page

  • Simply see the types of batik designs... this is just the beginning of what's in store:
  • The Journey - an introduction of Batik Inspirations
  • Batik... history of batik
  • ... Batik Making
  • And now the designers - featuring the top eight designers
  • What's next - on the future of batik
  • Fun with pics - photographer's comments on photos
  • Too good to discard
  • The three pantuns (malay poems)
  • Bibliography
  • Credits

Batik Making

A brief history on batik and the batik making process using wax (both the 'canting' method and the 'stamp' method)... In addition to the write-up, you can understand the step-by-step process of how batik is made just by looking at these pictures.

Suitable for the batik enthusiasts and also for those who would like an introduction on batik.






First Page

This is a sample of the other full spread pages - of models in batik fashion complimented with unique background. The full-spread pictures are the core of the book.

If you use the magnifying glass, you'll be able to see the fine details of the batik on the jacket, and for those who like the ancient building (date 1800s), you'll admire the beautiful staircase and its architecture.

By the way, there's a meaning to this picture... in some traditional houses, the staircase is the first part of the house - a place to welcome the guests. And for us, this is just like me welcoming you to this project of ours... the Batik Inspirations book. Welcome in!


Fun with Pics

This is where photographer, eM.K. gives insights of the photographs in detail, information on the batik designs, and things that went behind the scene and his personal comments on the fashion designers.

*We didn't put any captions on all the full-spread pictures as to not 'spoil' them or distract readers from the pictures, as we believe that the pictures should be admired on its own.

Hence, the information on the photos are put in this segment.








Last Page

Another sample of the full spread pages, whereby we compliment batik fashion with the unique background.

For example, on this picture, there were many readers who not only liked the batik-inspired jacket, but there were some who like the intricate details on the top of this old building. Even the semi-ruined door has its charms.

Again there's a meaning behind this composition: this photograph was taken from the verendah of the house, just before the staircase. It's a way of saying goodbye, but not with a sad heart. Instead, this goodbye comes with a big smile... a sense of accomplishment and happiness to be able to bring the readers through a journey - sharing the beauty of this hand-craft art: batik, combined with beautiful background.

At the back, you can see a road, which actually means that there's more to come...!


Batik Malaysia

With such good reviews from the press (100% positive reviews) and with the compliments from our customers, we are confident you will like this unique book just as much.

We've included an unresistable offer. For a very limited time only, we as authors & photographers will be singing your special copy. In addition, we will also add in the complimentary magnifying glass. To see more details please click below.

Author - Publisher - Model, Batik Inspirations

Coffee Table Book