Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Batik: The Process of Designing Fabric Prints

Each yard of these sumptuous fabrics is unique. The fabric is hand-stamped and then hand-painted multiple times, with many different pairs of hands working on every yard. The process, wax resist then dye, can be repeated over and over again to create beautiful designs of multiple colors. Most of the work is done outside, so the weather greatly influences the results. Due to this specialized hand-process, there is a consistency to color and pattern, while maintaining subtle color variations that are so important to this traditional technique.

 Batiks” origins can be traced to Asia, India and Africa. The word "batik" is of Malay roots and translates “to write” or “to dot.” Although the exact origins of batik are unknown, it is most common on the island of Java, Indonesia. Batiks belonged only to royalty and families of wealth and position; it was considered the hobby of royal women. Aristocrats and royalty had certain designs identifying a family, social status, or geographical location on the island. Many of these designs have survived to this day. It is believed that certain patterns have special meanings and are thought to bring the wearer good luck, wealth, prosperity, and health.  

To see the step by step instructions and suggestions for Batiking check out' Batik Basics With Fiber Reactive Dye.

Sale of the week – Batik clearance sale $6.00/yard at FabricMuses etsy shop.

Happy batiking - Vicky 

If you try your hand at this process, please post a comment letting me know how it turned out.