Batik artisan waxing a batik panel design, using a tool called a tjanting (pronounced "canting"). The process takes a great deal of patience and concentration — learn more about the process of crafting batik.
Batik and the Indonesian Creative Process, a workshop led by Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam, two of Indonesia’s finest contemporary batik artists, on April 19-20 is sold out. For those who want to explore designing their own fabric, Artistic Artifacts offers a wide variety of fiber and surface design workshops that may be of interest, including a 2-day Soy Wax Batik workshop taking place June 29-30.
Batik Tambal, founded in 2000, offers handmade imported ethnic Indonesian batik paintings (panels), fabrics and other textiles by some of the finest batik artists from Indonesia, hand-selected from a variety of locations throughout the country. Our handcrafted batik panels and batik fabric (including our exclusive “Combanasi” batik fabric, with an extraordinary layering of color and design) are ideally suited to quilting, art quilts, wearable art, fiber arts, gifts, framing, and interior decorating — shop now! Take a look at our photo gallery for inspiration in using Batik Tambal textiles in your fiber art.
Batik Tambal has been importing vintage, collectible copper tjaps for more than 11 years — shop our extensive selection now. These vintage tjaps, having nobly served their life of batik textile production, are prized by collectors as a standalone piece of art, or used for stamping or rubbings on fabric with Shiva Paintstiks. Check back frequently as we add additional unique tjaps direct from our Indonesian suppliers. We also feature new tjaps, created using the same handcrafted techniques and materials as the antiques.
The Surabaya Bags sold by Batik Tambal are produced by the Bina Karya Tiara Foundation, founded to provide vocational training and job opportunities for young people with handicaps from villages in east and central Java. Learn more about the foundation and its founder Titik Winarti.
Combanasi fabric available from Batik Tambal.
Batik Tambal is the exclusive North American distributor of “Combanasi” batik fabric, with an extraordinary layering of color and design that results in a very rich and complex texture.
Please note: while all Batik Tambal textiles are handcrafted and individually unique, certain panels and vintage copper tjaps are genuinely one-of-a-kind items and once sold, cannot be reordered. Batik Tambal processes orders on a first-come, first-served basis and whenever possible provides customers with information about and images of similar items that may interest them as a replacement if an item is sold out.