AGE NEWS – Batik Ecoprint is a contemporary evolution of the age-old art of batik, characterized by the use of natural materials such as leaves and flowers to craft distinctive patterns on fabric. Unlike traditional batik, which employs wax and dye, Batik Ecoprint transfers the pigments of plants directly onto the fabric through a process of steaming or boiling. This method not only creates beautiful and unique designs but also promotes sustainability and environmental consciousness. In collaboration with Komunitas Wirausaha Muslimah (KWM), Airlangga Global Engagement held a workshop targeted to UNAIR’s international students to make their own batik ecoprint through the totebag that was already provided by the community.

In essence, Batik Ecoprint marries the beauty of nature with the creativity of human artistry. The process begins with the careful selection of leaves and flowers, which are then arranged on the fabric in intricate patterns. Once the design is in place, the fabric is rolled and bound tightly to ensure that the plant materials remain in contact with the fabric during the transfer process. The bundle is then steamed or boiled, allowing the natural pigments to seep into the fabric fibers, creating stunning, and organic patterns.

The appeal of Batik Ecoprint lies not only in its aesthetic value but also in its eco-friendly approach. By utilizing natural dyes and avoiding harmful chemicals, this method minimizes the environmental impact associated with traditional textile production. Moreover, it celebrates the beauty and diversity of plant life, encouraging a deeper connection with nature and an appreciation for sustainable practices.

Author: Olivia Putri M – Digital Engagement Intern