Creating batik fabrics is truly an art form and has been practiced thousands of years. The dyeing of fabric demands experience, vision, patience and a clear knowledge of color.In this world of mass production, and fabrics printed by machines, batik survives as a method of hand-printing, hand-dyeing and of individual artistic creation.
Batik (pronounced 'Bah-Teak') is a technique used to dye fabrics. Batiking is a relatively straightforward process that often produces beautiful results.
Batik is a fabric dying method using wax to create patterns and designs.
This method makes use of a resist technique; applying areas of cloth with wax (a dye-resistant substance) to prevent them from absorbing colors when the cloth is dipped into dye.
Not only as a dye-resistant substance, the wax applied is also used to control colors from spreading out from a particular area to create motif when the dye is painted.
A method thought to be over a thousand years old, today, batik has taken on a much wider meaning. It can be referred to:
* cloth block printed with wax or
* cloth decorated with hand-drawn designs.
* cloth decorated with traditional batik designs without the use of the resist method
The use of batik has also extended from clothing to everything from home furnishings and table cloths to handicrafts.
A fabric dyeing technique in which the pattern is first drawn with melted beeswax onto the cloth with a metal tool. The cloth is immersed in dye. The areas covered by the wax are not affected by the dye, creating a pattern that can be seen when the wax is removed by boiling the cloth or ironing the wax so it melts from the cloth. Wax and dye applications may be repeated for color variation.