Batik is one of the oldest handicrafts in China, dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) and Han (206 BC-220 AD) dynasties. Later during the Tang dynasty (618-906), batik articles were some of the most popular items to be traded along the Silk Road. Today, batik items can be found in Guizhou province in the southwest of China as well as those shown below, which are often referred to as Nanjing batik.

The craftsman who makes these batiks has a showroom in a lovely garden in Shanghai where he hangs the fabrics to dry in the natural sunlight. From articles of clothing to small purses and pillow covers, the fabric is used to create a versatile array of items.



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