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The exotic textiles of Java have intrigued the outside world for the past 150 years. Batik, the legendary fiber art of painting and dyeing fabrics using a waxing process, has been influenced by cultures as diverse as the Chinese, Indians, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Like no other book before it, Batik takes the reader on a spellbinding tour of Java, revealing batik's history, motifs, and methods of production.

Here in all their radiant colors and intricate patterns are 150 examples of the finest batik in the world, developed to a rare art form on the Indonesian island of Java. 150 full-color and 75 black-and-white photographs.