Batik is an amazing and ancient method of colour dyeing, it is known to have been around for many hundreds of years. Batik is an art form made by applying dyes to porous fabrics, which with love and attention to detail produces some of the most beautiful art in the world.
Batik is at the heart of Javanese culture and can be found all over Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia and some countries in Africa also create batik. Each country or region has its own distinct characteristics in their batik.
Batik Art is not easy it involves a very labour-intensive and complex process, taking many days of hard work until the finished article is ready. In the most traditional form of batik, natural dyes are applied one at a time from the lightest colour to the darkest. Wax is applied to outline the design or painting using a brush, stamp or canting tool (this is a small thin wall spouted copper container) onto the fabric. The wax acts as a barrier to resist the colour dyes, which then allows one colour to remain while the remaining non-waxed fabric absorbs the new colour dyes. The wax is then removed by soaking the fabric in hot water. The batik process of dyeing and waxing is repeated several times until all the desired colours and patterns are obtained leaving you with a beautiful and intricate batik designed work of art.
A more modern version of batik called direct application uses wax to outline the design or painting first. Then dye is painted onto the fabric in the spaces between wax lines. This method is less time-consuming because you do not have to wait so long for each layer of dye to dry and cure. The results, although slightly different, are nevertheless beautiful and distinct.
Washing Instructions: Although the label will often say wash by hand, we suggest the first wash by hand and thereafter you can machine wash up to 30º centigrade. Occasionally you will find some small brown wax deposits have remained on the batik fabric you have purchased, this is easily removed in the first cool water hand wash.