How do you foster an ecosystem where a cultural heritage not only thrives but is also financially sustainable? @nysakapas
is a batik entrepreneur operating her own workshop in Terengganu, the east-coast state neighbouring my home town of Kelantan. She creates her own designs and employs local artisans to produce batik fabrics through block printing, a method that has become somewhat a rarity of late. Block-printed batik—like the sarongs my grandmother used to make—takes longer to produce. Manufacturers have to first design and create the pattern block; the fabrics produced are therefore limited to the patterns that the manufacturer has. Batik sarongs are therefore more commonly mass-printed in factories rather than made traditionally using wax and dyes. Instead, manufacturers prefer making hand-drawn batik which can be custom-made much quicker and faster. I was ecstatic to discover Nysa’s work.
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