Batik

Java

Java

Batik is the traditional fabric of Indonesia. The word batik derived from the word 'ambatik' which translated means 'a cloth with little dots'. Natural materials such as cotton or silk are used for the cloth, so that it can absorb the wax that is applied in the dye resisting process. The process of Batik runs as follows: An outline of the pattern is blocked out onto the cloth, traditionally with charcoal or graphite. When the design is drawn out onto the cloth it is then ready to be waxed. Wax is applied to the cloth over the areas of the design that the artisan wishes to remain the original color of the cloth; normally this is white or cream. After the initial wax has been applied, the fabric is ready for the first dye bath. The waxed fabric is immersed in the dye bath of the first color. When the desired color has been achieved and the fabric has dried, wax is reapplied over the areas that the artisan wishes to maintain the first dye color. When an area that has been covered with wax previously needs to be exposed so that it can be dyed, the applied wax is scraped away with a small knife. The area is then re-immersed in the subsequent dye bath. The number of colors in batik represents how many times it was immersed in the dye bath and how many times wax had to be applied and removed. A multicolored batik represents a lot more work that a single or two-color piece.

This beautiful fabric is used all over the world for decor and also as garments in various fashion designs.

Cotton

Height : 18″ (45.7cm)