Tohpati Village is one of the most famous Bali Places of Interest is where you can watching the entire Batik, 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 Batik showrooms in this village where one can find the genuine batik and the finest batik 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 Indonesian 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 Batik in Indonesia is usually associated with the flowering of the creative art around the royal courts. More recently batik 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. For informal occasion : commonly relating with relaxing condition or personal activities in Bali. The Balinese prefer to wear endek as their cloths, sarung, etc. The price per meter depend on the quality of the goods, special pattern or motif and if they have to do more work with the customizing of the pattern or designs. The largest factories lie along the Tourist road between Denpasar and Batubulan, Gianyar and Mas. Other smaller factories are to be found in Gianyar, Mas, Singaraja and Sidemen village, Around Gianyar and Klungkung Market.