Batik is one of the most well known traditional handicrafts in Malaysia and has founds its way to heart of the Malaysian culture and people. There are approximatly 700 – 1000 Batik producers in Malaysia, with a dominated production in the states Kelantan and Terengganu on the Eastcoast of Malaysia . Unfortunately, commercial success of batik in Malaysia raises its own environmental problems. Small and medium batik producer operate with excessive use of water, wax, chemical dyes and bleaching agents that are harmful to the environment. Low health and safety awareness also leave the workers exposed to hazardous substances on a daily basis.
Therefore, a “switch” is needed from unsustainable to sustainable patterns of development.