Nestled within Sultan Arts Village is an unassuming yet intriguing shopfront. But don’t hesitate, step in and you will find a cosy shop filled with exquisite Javanese and Malay crafts, and perhaps a Burmese cat snoozing in a corner. You have arrived at ‘Kiah’s Gallery’, a treasure chest containing the ancient and beautiful art form, batik.
Batik is widely known as a unique and traditional technique of dyeing cloth and using wax to create patterns in the cloth. It is however often stereotyped as something old-fashioned, a ‘thing of the past’. But to Yati and her family, batik is so much more than that.
Yati and her family run the ‘Kiah Gallery’, a batik-inspired arts showroom and shop. Started in 2011, this family-run business is named after Yati’s mother, and is an ode to a family legacy and shared love for batik. After all, that is the essence of this gallery – a fervent passion for the art of batik.