About Batiks


Batik is a painting that is handcrafted on fabric with various stained dyes to paint a picture or motif permanently on the cloth.

Batik is a technique where wax is applied to fabric using water soluble dyes. Modern Batik technique is a revolutionary repackaged application that enhances the detail of an image on fabric using wax and dyes. The effect that can be achieved through resistant dyeing often results in amazing, unpredictable textures and tone. Modern Batik designs can be as complicated or as simple as the artists desires. They can be realistic and pictorial or purely expressive.



Each EtAl Store batik is an original work of art, individually handmade. No two batiks are alike, which adds to the value of each batik.

EtAl Store offers a fine collection of African batiks to beautify your home or office. Take a glance at the custom themes. African batik is one of the purest representation of the lives and lifestyles of native Africans. Get ready to add elegance to your space. EtAl Store batiks have exquisite, but simple themes. A picture portraying an African woman indulging in her daily chores, beautiful African women and families, warriors and hunters or people working together may be the right choice for you. Choose your favorite from our wide selection of African batiks at the best prices.



  1. Own an original piece of African art. All EtAl African art batiks are original works of art.  There are no print or duplications.
  2. Batiks make a great gift. Shipped packaged in an attractive cylindrical/tube art packaging, they do not need to be repackaged and make a perfect ready gift. EtAl Store’s African art batiks are both for the lover of culture, and the connoisseur and collector of fine art.
  3. Framed or unframed, EtAl Store’s African batiks will add light, style and decor to any room.
  4. EtAl Store offers unparalleled variety, with over 400 batiks and many different batik types to choose from.
  5. Our prices are unbeatable and we offer specials all year round.  We accept all major credit cards and Paypal.



Although experts disagree as to the precise origins of batik, samples of dye resistance patterns on cloth can be traced back thousands of years ago to Egypt and the Middle East. Samples from past centuries have also been found in Turkey, India, China, Japan and West Africa. Although in these countries, people were using the technique of dye resisting decoration, within the textile realm, none had developed the batik art form up to the 1960’s as the highly developed intricate batik found on the island of Java in Indonesia.

Without exception, the evolving of Modern Batik style was accelerated in the 1970’s from its entry into East Africa in the early 60’s. At the height of the regime of Uganda’s  Idi Amin Dada, many of the best known and respected members of the Ugandan art community moved to Nairobi, Kenya. They craved to work in more peaceful surroundings. Once settled, batiks became their main source of income.


African wax batiks are hardy and easy to care for. They are made from 100% cotton and creases or wrinkles can be removed by ironing the fabric from the reverse side on very low temperature. Careful: high temperature and direct heat from the iron can affect the colors and should be avoided!


Allow for small variations in color and size of handcrafted goods. Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.