With the advent of the web, the global population has information at their fingertips regarding a wide variety of topics, not only batik. Everything from automotive related topics to health care to financial tips can be found if you just know where to look.
Interest communities tend to congregate around specific ideas be they automotive, fashion or political in nature. The topics are endless and there are bound to be clubs and forums discussing and sharing knowledge on just about anything under the sun.
This is especially true with the topic of batik cloth. Those that aren't satisfied with purchasing the batik scarf or sarong in available prints usually endeavor to produce their own batik fabric. There are a few things that are needed before embarking on such a project. You'll need the fabric, pencils to draw out the designs, paraffin wax and a brush of some sort.
In general speaking, the top fabrics to use in such a project is cotton. It take the dye in well and it is inexpensive. You want to avoid silk as they're difficult to work with and are expensive. Should something go wrong, a perfectly good (and costly) silk fabric piece will have gone to waste.
You must already have a design in mind before actually tracing it on the material. If you have not, go ahead and make some rough sketches on a piece of paper before finalizing the design. Once the design has been determined, it is time to trace it on to the batik fabric of your choice. You can use pencils, crayons or a marking instrument of your option.
Next, you will need melted paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is used to paint areas that won't be dyed, mainly your traced design among other locations.