Tohpati Village is just about 12 kilometers from Kuta, and famous for Bali’s Batik ( Endek) Wand Weaving Center. Endek cloth is a traditional form of painting fabric. They painstakingly use dots and lines from wax to decorate the cloth. It is very impressive to watch. It would be impossible to visit or live in Indonesia and not be exposed to one of the country’s most highly developed art forms, endek.
Tohpati Village is a batik home industry, you will undoubtedly experience an overwhelming stimulation of the senses – due to the many colors, patterns and the actual smell of batik. Only through repeated visits and a bit of study will the types of designs and their origins become apparent.
Tohpati Village is where you can watching the entire Endek, making process from the designing, waxing, coloring and drying of the materials. Its very exciting to watch the Balinese paint on a cloth, its not just simple structured paintings but they are very expert. There are a large number of Endek showrooms in this village where one can find the genuine Endek and the finest endek cloth known is Ikat weaving, Ikat means to tie or bind, is used as the name for intricately patterned cloth. It is an ancient art from tribes of Indonesia which has a strong ethnic identification.
Songket is an original Balinese cloth with silk fabric as the based, and is patterned with gold or silver threads although these days imitative silver or gold is often used. The development of Songket in Bali is usually associated with the flowering of the creative art around the royal courts. More recently songket has grown from an art mainly associated with the royal courts into an important industry with a number of notable production centers.
Endek Ikat : Nowadays the name of Endek become popular throughout Bali, Balinese commonly wears this cloth when attending or joining special occasion, such as temple festival, traditional wedding party and many kind of traditional activities held in this island. Endek is one of comfortable clothing material can be used for formal or informal occasion. For formal occasion : Now many companies using endek as their employee costume.
If you stay in Bali, you will found some hotel staff using Endek as their costume.