Tuesday, November 25, 2014The art of Batik making is best done on the island of Java Indonesia as all the materials are readily available here - cotton, beeswax, and assorted plants from which the different vegetable dyes are made.
The Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines using a resist with a spouted tool called a canting or by printing the resist with a cooper stamp called a cap.
The wax is applied causing a resistant so that when dyes are applied you get the different patterns and colours. The artisan selects the colours and then the material is soaked in tubs of different colours and so for many different colours the process takes a long time. Eventually when the cloth is soaked in boiling water to remove the wax. Where the wax is coating the material the cloth does not get dyed - thus the different coloured patterns.
These delicate patterns can only be created by using the canting (wax resist) by using the etching tool that holds a small reservoir of hot wax.
So the above pictures were taken at the second shop we visited - they were working on the outside entrance to the shop.
I am also posting some pictures again of the first workshop we stopped at that is. Ore complete of the process of Batik making.
note the hand tool appling the hot wax
how to get hot boiling water to remove the wax - remember the temperature here is at least 30c (90f)
dying process or and removing the hot wax resist