Saturday, 24 March 2012


バティックとは何ですか What is Batik?

Batik in general is an art of decorating the surface of a medium, may it be ceramic, wood, wool, paper and so on and so forth. Nonetheless, it is cloth which is mostly associated with Batik. Therefore around the world people know Batik as decorated cloth.


The latter involves decorating a piece of cloth using a method known as wax-resist method. This is the most traditional way to dye and give patterns onto a cloth. As it is referred by its name, this method uses wax to create pattern by preventing dye from covering the whole cloth. First some particular areas on the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax on them. Then the cloth is dyed. The parts which are covered with wax resist the dye and maintain the original color. This process can be repeated as many times as necessary until the desired patterns are formed.


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