Batik is a textile art practice that uses wax and ink to create designs and patterns. Batik is believed to have originated thousands of years ago in Egypt, the Middle East and Asia independently. The batik craft in Sri Lanka is inspired mostly by Indonesian-style batik and can be found in all sorts of garments and textiles. From classic designs to more contemporary fashions, batik is an important part of Sri Lankan fashion and textile manufacture. Batik can be found in classic sarees and Western-style clothing. Keep reading to find out the best places to buy batik in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Buddhi Batiks is a family-owned artisan workshop and business that has been a classic institution in Sri Lanka since 1970. The Buddhi Batik workshop in the village of Koswadiya is an inclusive and educational centre where older batik artisans teach younger ones the technique. Then, the designs are created from their own imagination. Garments created with handmade batik textiles range from sarees to bikinis and even children’s clothes. Buddhi Batik can be found in the boutique on Ward Place.
Buddhi Batiks, 32 Ward Pl, Colombo, +94 11 2689488
Nithya is a contemporary designer who creates plenty of modern and classic garments, along with unique batik creations. Nithya’s batik designs are innovative and special – they’re definitely out of the norm. The latest sports saree collection is reminiscent of sportswear with numbers on the back. Find Nithya’s batik clothing in different boutiques in Colombo and find out who has stock via the Nithya Facebook page.
The online fashion mecca, Fashion Market, has the largest collection of Sri Lankan designer wear. There are lots of batik options on the Fashion Market’s website to choose from. If you are in Sri Lanka, you can order online to wherever you are staying as shipping is free island-wide. Fashion Market also offers international shipping if you are looking for batik clothing from abroad.