From the sound of the river to a human portrait to the music played in a cafe to a beautifully designed bag, art has always been around us ever since the existence of mankind. Malaysia itself already consists of a variety of forms of art coming from different cultures and roots. Batik and songket are two of the more famous art forms practiced in Malaysia. Though both may seem similar, there are significant differences to tell them apart, mainly on their design and function.


The origin of batik comes from Indonesia and was a method developed in Java Island. The design of batik uses wax-resist dyeing techniques to apply color to the entire fabric. The process may even take longer compared to songket designs given that there are many stages of preparation and execution. Designs include drawing dots or stamping patterns on the resist with tools such as canting and cop. Read more at the link given below!


Songket is a type of fabric design. Typically, the design is hand woven with silk and cotton and patterned with silver and golden threads. It is typically made on a machine using a weaving technique. There are numerous designs to choose from, whether for a birth, a wedding ceremony, or a loved one's departure.


Batiks are typically worn culturally in Indonesia, but the craft is more than just for clothing; it also teaches lessons in prayer and hope. Songkets, on the other hand, have the looks and represent wealth, beauty, and prestige. These are garments designed for special or festive occasions such as weddings and holiday ceremonies.

Life Design Studio has recently released a stunning Damai Batik Knot Bag with batik elements handcrafted by Malaysian artisans. We also offer beautifully designed songket and batik bookmarks, fans, and other accessories. Check them out and appreciate the art!


Songket vs. Batik: What are the Differences?