If you go to southwest China's Guizhou Province, known as the home of batik, batik clothes are like-ly to be the first things to catch your eye.
The history of batik can be traced back to the Western Han Dynasty （206 BC-AD24）. It used to bepopular in both central and southwest China. Somehow, the technique was lost in central China, but ithas been handed down from generation to generation among the ethnic people in Guizhou.
Batik, also known as wax-resist dyeing, is a form of dyeing or printing folk art made by applyingbeeswax to create different shapes. Some of the designs on these batiks are bold, while others arefine and delicate. Wherever it appears on garments, scarves, bags, tablecloths, bedspreads, curtains,and other decorative items, the style is always simple and elegant.
A folktale about batik's origin goes like this: Long, long ago, there was a girl living in a stone vil-lage called Anshun, now a city in Guizhou Province. She was fond of dyeing white cloth blue and purple.One day, while she was working, a bee happened to land on her cloth. After it flew away, she found awhite dot left on the cloth, which looked very pretty. This discovery is said to have led to the use of waxin dyeing.