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The Artist

Nina Anuar's vivid imagination and love of vibrant colours are expressed in her timeless collection of batik silk Art. Trained as a surface pattern textile designer, originally from Malaysia, a country known for its batik - but her creativity has been shaped by an eclectic mix of global influences. Her distinctive style has evolved organically. Each print imparts a personal narrative, inspired by the natural world, surrealism, underground art, snippets of conversation and the many places Nina has experienced in her travels across the world. Her designs may be bold and geometric or delicate flights of fancy, floating in an imaginary world, hypnotically familiar, yet hauntingly exotic.

To Nina, fashion is ephemeral - just a whim, here and gone in the blink of an eye. She seeks to transcend this, creating works of art for her clients which will be treasured forever, whether as a mesmerising scarf to wear with pride or as an eye-catching wallhanging to enhance any living or working space.

The Company

SWEET AND HANDSOME STUDIO was established in summer 2014 to produce exclusive batik prints on silk, specialise in batik paintings, both a producer and wholesaler. Sustainability is at the heart of the company ethos, both in the processes employed to create the prints and in the prints themselves - works of art whose beauty will not fade with the passage of time.

The prints from SWEET AND HANDSOME STUDIO are produced for discerning individuals with an eye for colour, quality and sublime artistry and a desire to be unique in a world of fashion clones.

As eternal works of art, the prints will grace any wall. Personal dwelling places will be transformed; commercial spaces will take on new life, elegance and luxury. Imagine a boutique hotel, a restaurant or a high-end office with a Sweet and Handsome print on show - assuredly the height of chic and the envy of all your competitors. Coupled with the vision of "putting the beauty of batik into every home, healthcare, cafes, hotels and office around the world", we've decided to venture overseas by appointing agents in other parts of the world.

SWEET AND HANDSOME STUDIO is able to bring the most competitive price in the market to clients worldwide. We manage to create great interest and attract big batik ART followers as the responses have been very encouraging. These products are appealing to all cultures and nationalities. We ensure that batik products are always a hallmark of high quality and distinction.

About Batik

Batik is a fascinating craft but one that many people hesitate to try because the old process is tedious and time consuming. Batik may be used for pillow tops, wall hangings, place mats or scarves. Big, bold designs in bright colours are most striking.

The word batik (pronounced Bateek) means "wax written" and this is basically what batik is. It is a way of decorating cloth by covering part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the cloth. The waxed area keeps its original colour and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and undyed area makes the pattern.

Batik History and Background

THE HISTORY Batik's true origin is still a mystery. The word 'batik' has been translated to mean 'to dot'. Some translated it as 'wax writing' or 'drawing with a broken line'.

It is a very old form of art, as evidence of early batik has been found in the Middle East, Egypt, Peru, Japan, East Turkistan, Europe, as well as Central Asia (India and China) as far back as 2000 years ago. Despite its uncertain origins, batik has reached its highest artistic expression in South East Asia, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Batik was first introduced to Europe in the 17th century when the Dutch, who colonised Java, Indonesia, introduced this art form to that part of the world.

What Make Batik So Unique?

Batik is a crafted fabric that needs to undergo the delicate and repeated process of waxing, dyeing and boiling.

Wax is used as a mean of colour blocking in the colouring process. Every part of the fabric that remains untouched by a certain colour has to be covered with wax. There are also several sub-processes like preparing the cloth, tracing the designs, stretching the cloth on the frame, waxing the area of the cloth that does not need dyeing, preparing the dye, dipping the cloth in dye, boiling the cloth to remove wax and washing the cloth in soap.

The more colours a batik fabric has, the more times it has been through the process of applying wax, dyeing, and drying, then removing the wax. The process has to happen in a precise order that will produce the pattern or figures that are desired. Additionally, the order of which colours to apply also has to be followed.

Batik cloth can be made into garments, paintings, scarves, bags, table-cloths, bedspreads, curtains, and other decorative items.

Traditional batik is synonymous with silk or cotton. The re-introduction of natural dyes and technique has expanded the scope to include unexpected fabrics like chiffon, velvet, georgette, cheesecloth and voile mostly for fashion apparel. As for batik painting, the most commonly used fabrics are cotton and silk. There are various types of fabrics under these two categories such as poplin, voile, rayon, Habotai silk, crepe de chine (cdc), jacquard and satin.

Batik Production Techniques

It can generally be divided into 3 types:

CANTING (TJANTING OR TULIS) It involves outlining the designs using a canting, a metal pen tool filled with hot wax. Colours are then painted on the cloth and the process of the waxing, dyeing and boiling will be followed till the desired result is obtained. The process can take up to weeks depending on the intricacy of the pattern, which is why hand painted batik is so highly valued.

CAP (BLOCK PRINTING) It involves the application of wax directly onto the cloth using soldered tin or copper! strips block impressed with certain designs. The block, or "chop", is placed into hot wax and then hand stamped onto the fabric. When the wax is dry the fabric is dyed. Then the wax is removed and the pattern is visible.

SILK SCREENING (SCREEN PRINTING) Different screens are used according to the colors and patterns desired. The wax is applied onto the cloth using these screens. This printing method is usually used in the mass production of batik for commercial use.

Batik as An Art

From a handicraft, batik has acquired the status of an art. Batik is a versatile medium that can become an ideal hobby for an amateur or a medium of expression for an artist. Batik as an art form is quite spontaneous and one can open up new vistas of creative form. Until recently batik was made for dresses and tailored garments only but modern batik is livelier and brighter in the form of murals, wall hangings, paintings, household linen, and scarves. If used properly, batik can make your house or office unique and inviting. Batik shall be kept in clean, tidy, neat, and regularly swept environment in the process of collection and maintenance.

Batik painting has gained popularity in recent years in the West. This painting is usually produced using the Canting technique. It has become a highly accomplished art form. Like oil painting, each Batik painting is a unique distinctive work of art.

As it is used as a wall decorative item for home and office, these batik paintings can be further enhanced by using
  • Frames made of wood and rattan
  • Wood-crafted hangers!
  • Light boxes
  • Decorative sheets made of perspex or glass
  • Scrolls

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Batik as An Art

The exact origins of batik are unknown, but they are almost certainly in the Orient where the technique was used, long before printing, to enhance the appearance of fine garments. Batik became most deeply rooted in Indonesia, particularly the island of Java, where it was a highly developed art by the 13th century.

Batik was considered a fitting occupation for aristocratic ladies whose delicately painted designs, based on bird and flower motifs, were a sign of cultivation and refinement, just as fine needlework was for European ladies of a similar position.

Java is still famous for batik and the traditional patterns, developed over centuries, are still part of Javanese dress, although very few are made by the traditional method of wax painting. This, instead, has been rediscovered and put to use by craftsman all over the world who find the freedom of working with liquid was, and the control of colour possible through dyeing, makes batik an exciting and uniquely expressive medium to work in. Increasingly, the all-over patterns of Oriental batiks are being replaced by imaginative pictures and designs of all sorts, which are sued to make wall hangings and soft sculpture as well as decorations for clothing and household items.

Part of the attraction of batik is its simplicity and the fact that you don't have to be artistic in the conventional sense to produce beautiful results. Some of the best effects in batik are in fact the work of chance. This is particularly true of the way in which the wax cracks to let small quantities of dye through, adding an unexpected and interesting effect to any design. This hairline detail, or "crackling", is a special characteristic of most batik work. Previous Next

Batik as An Art

Because batik wax is applied hot it is necessary to work fairly rapidly and this can produce a freedom (or loss of self-consciousness) that makes many people who think they cannot draw find, to their amazement, that they can. Of course, designs can be worked out beforehand and for many things, such as borders and trimmings, this is necessary; but designs drawn spontaneously in wax, or according to the briefest sketch, can bring surprising rewards.

Combined with the pleasure of drawing freehand is the fascination of working creatively with dyes-blending and mixing different colors-to get as vivid or as subtle as you want. Previous