Batik Painting at the Craft Complex

Of course I would do a craft while on vacation.  Probably my first in months.  Between school, daily household chores, three little kiddos, and life in general, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten glue/paint/glitter on my hands.

When my sister first visited Malaysia prior to moving there, she brought back an adorable hand painted Batik of a giraffe.  With Jenin’s love of painting, I knew it was somewhere I really wanted to take the girls.

The Craft Complex, or Kompleks Budaya Kraf, is situated close to downtown.  It’s a beautiful setting consisting of a main building with a great gift shop and numerous hut style cottages throughout the grounds.  Tropical tree lined pathways lead to each hut.  We only had the opportunity to visit the Batik hut.

If you’re looking for a meaningful souvenir or special gift, this is the one.  The girls and I were allowed to pick our own design or choose from one already prepared. There are hundreds of images to choose from in binders including flowers, animals, and Malaysian landmarks. You can even bring in your own image for them to transfer to a cloth.  Wish I had known! If you do, think simple drawings in a coloring page format.   Wax outlines are drawn onto a cloth.  The wax stops the colors from bleeding into each other.  You’re given a tray of paints (don’t wear your best clothing and use the apron provided), cups of water, and an assortment of brushes.  After a brief and simple instruction, you’re ready to go.

Despite the humid weather, the hut had cross ventilation and was pleasantly cool.  It was a very beautiful and relaxing setting.  Maysoon, almost 4,  was able to complete her painting and was quite pleased with her little turtle.  The girls enjoyed the process so much, that we returned later in our trip to do it again to give as gifts to their friends.

Artistic or not, this was a wonderful experience to learn the popular Malaysian craft and art.  It was incredibly affordable as well.  The larger ones (11×11) will only set you back less than $10 with a mat. The smaller ones (8×8) are closer to $7.  We didn’t get the mat for our personal ones, wish we did!  Not interested in painting it yourself but like the painting style? Many pre-painted images are available for sale.  We picked up Batik bookmarks for J’s classmates.

batik paints

batik canvas choice


j batik painting


batik hut


maysoon batik


amnah batik painting


maysoons batik

framed batik




  • Norizzah says:

    Masha-Allah, I have to say this…. it looks pretty on the wall!

  • HijabiMommy says:

    Looks lovely, Amnah. What a great experience for you and the girls.

  • Oh, they look beautiful!
    How fun to make them by yourself… Would love to do that on day 🙂

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  • azurachan says:

    Lovely! Although, I’m a Malaysian, I never tried painting Batik. They’re very popular at west Malaysia. (I’m from East Malaysia). By the way, I bet you’ve had a wonderful experience there. 😉

  • Mantap.. Mari kita budayakan busana muslim kita… semangat and sukses selalu sob.. Thanks..

  • Jones says:

    There’s a place near KLCC where i went for batik painting workshop. Batik is one of the most important traditional handicrafts in Malaysia. The place is called MyBatik, and i had a really relaxing and good time there with my family, as the environment of the place is serene, in the midst of hectic Kuala Lumpur. I did “canting” and also colouring of batik, and my kids really enjoyed the cultural entertainment too. Those who are interested can go to for further information. An experience not to be missed!

  • VK says:

    Hi, how did u frame the batik on your own? Doesnt it need to be stretched?

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