“Now that’s a tough question” said the Batik guy during his Batik demonstration in Noor Arfa Batik , Terengganu. And yet he answer it so beautifully that I had to share it here. These were his answer
1) The Style: Batik Malaysia use Floral motif compared to Fauna by the Indonesian Batik
2) The Motifs:
Indonesian Batik highlight mostly animal print such as the ‘Garuda’ bird as one of the main elements in their motif while Malaysia do not .
3) The Technique:
Indonesian Batik are more detailed, they have smaller dots to make a line for the motif’s which was written with their hand underneath while Malaysia, prefer’s it simple.
And so, that explains the differences which I hope whatever issue about who copy who would just stop & get on with our life. Knowing the fact is, we all come from ‘Serumpun’ (belong in the same ‘family’) of what used to be Nusantara/Malay Archipelago, so its no question why we have similarities (and differences too) in many aspect of our life. But do, do remember that at the end of the day, all knowledge belongs to The Creator. Full stop.