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Batik was invented in Indonesia and brought to Sri Lanka by the Dutch at the turn of the 18th century.

Batik is a type of cloth art that is created using wax. A design is sketched on a piece of cloth, and then wax is applied to the sections of the fabric that will not be colored. After dipping in coloring, the wax is removed from the fabric using boiling water. The technique is repeated to dye in different hues.

Even though the method was adopted from Indonesia, the patterns of Batik designs in Sri Lanka are distinct and exclusive to the nation, giving it its own identity.

Sri Lanka was formerly a world leader in the creation of Batiks. There were galleries and manufacturers along major roadways and even hotels that sold Batik items. The government has recently backed the business by implementing prospective and upgrading initiatives.

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