The hand-painted batik from the late twentieth century represents an innovation, not least because it differs technically from the Javanese tradition of hand-drawn batik.
First, it is a simplification of the production process.
Second, it allows more individual freedom and creativity; an entirely new design tradition has sprung up, one that is dominated by large motifs drawn freely on a plain-coloured background. The batik making process cover with canting , dyeing, color fixing, drying followed by final rising, boiling and socking and rising.
A few textile artists emerged as remarkable innovators, and these were soon followed and copied by many others.
The workshops can draw on this reservoir, and many skilled individuals can also make small amounts of hand-drawn batik independently as a part time occupation particularly in the tourist market.
In the past decade or so, there has been a revival and rejuvenation of the arts and crafts of Malaysia.