Batik school in Sri Lanka’s capital now accepting online students

PUBLISHED Jun 1, 2021

A batik-dyeing class

The Random Art Batik Academy, which teaches batik-dyeing techniques in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the capital of Sri Lanka, is now accepting applications for its online classes.

The school teaches hand-weaving, batik designing, and textile dyeing methods. The owner, Bushini Vihangi Perera, started the school in 2017 after learning dyeing techniques from her mother-in-law, who used to run a clothing store that sold batik fabric. Last September, when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the students from coming to the school, Perera decided to offer the classes online.

The Batik Training course, which is currently accepting online students, will teach beginners how to dye cotton and silk, how to use wax and equipment, and how to dry batiks, including traditional and modern methods. The course fee ranges from 10,000 rupees to 12,000 rupees, which includes three to four classes. The time of the classes and other details are decided after consultation with the students.

Perera said: “The curriculum is designed not only for people who want to make batik dresses as a hobby, but also for people who want to start their own batik-designing business or promote their batik designs overseas. I believe we can provide stable online lessons as we have a well-trained filming staff to shoot the lesson videos.”

  • An online class at the Random Art Batik Academy

  • People learning batik dyeing at the Random Art Batik Academy

  • A batik work by a student at the Random Art Batik Academy