Discover the Art of Culture with Modern Batik

2 hrs

Learn the art of traditional batik wax-resist dyeing in this fun hands-on batik dyeing workshop whilst tucking into some delicious dumplings from Blow Water Cafe.

What is modern contemporary batik? It's a brand-new kind of art which combines traditional Malaysian batik techniques with modern art. This fun and therapeutic workshop is suitable for anyone, even absolute beginners.

Through this 2-hour workshop you will create your own batik art design while learning the basics of the art of batik canting.

What to expect:

  • Learn about the history of batik, how it is made, and the tools & materials needed for batik canting
  • Learn skills for "tulis" batik by using hot wax and a special "tjanting" tool
  • Experiment with mixing colours to produce the right tone and shade
  • All materials and tools provided
  • A delicious plate of dumplings from Blow Water Cafe
  • A beautiful piece of batik art to take home

Get creative and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Batik and create your own artwork that is bound to impress! This workshop makes a one-of-a-kind date night, friends' night out, or just a fun evening to meet new friends over some batik painting and dumplings.

Note: Children aged 14+ can attend but must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Age restrictions: 18+

Adult (Children must be aged 14+ and shall be accompanied by an adult - please book a place each.) £42

What people are saying

Feb 2024

Excellent workshop with a great host. Well explained and very fun with a great variety of designs.

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Jo Quigley
Oct 2023

I had so much fun learning the basics of batik. Ying is very knowledgeable, talented and just gen...

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Ava Patel
Oct 2023

Ying was a brilliant host and took us through the batik process in a fun and informative way. The...

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James Nutt
Aug 2023

We had a great time at this workshop and our artwork is now proudly displayed in our home. Shirly...

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How to get there

Yuup extras

  • 1 portion of dumplings (meat n vegan options)
  • Small groups (max 10) so you receive lots of input to help you make your beautiful batik art


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

On the day

Bring an apron or wear clothes you don't mind spots- fabric paint may stain clothes Feel free to bring along any images or ideas to inspire your design All materials are provided.

You can drive to the venue and park in the side streets. If you are planning on having a drink the best public transport to get is the number 50 or 11 bus.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 14 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 14 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Batik Ying

Ying is a Malaysian batik artist based in Birmingham. She learned her batik skills from traditional batik artisans from Malaysia and she creates contemporary textile artwork using traditional dyeing/ wax-resist techniques.

She hopes to introduce more people to this dying art with her contemporary take on the traditional art form!

Ying (She/Her)

This fun & unique Batik Workshop is hosted by Ying from Batik Ying. Ying is an Architect turned Batik artist from Malaysia. She learnt her batik skills from traditional artisan & craftsmen in Malaysia.

Batik is a traditional Javanese wax-resist dyeing technique used to create patterns and design on textiles. Traditionally batik is only for the royal families. In the modern days, batik is made into dresses and shirts for formal events.

Over the years, batik becomes a dying art form with less people interested in them. Batik however is a simple and unique art process with endless possibilities. With her contemporary take on traditional art form, she hopes to make batik more accessible and invite more people to discover the beauty of batik together.

Don’t worry if you’re completely new. Ying’s workshop is all about getting creative and having fun discovering the unique process of creating a beautiful batik art that reflects your story and personality.

Come along to experience this therapeutic, slow and satisfying art form with Ying. You won’t regret it!

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Batik Ying.