What is Batik?

Batik is a centuries old tradition for dyeing material. The word Batik in Javanese means to write in dots. Indonesia has highly refined the Batik process. This traditional method of dyeing is followed in other countries as well, Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Batik is the art of wax-resistant dye on fabrics to create beautiful and colorful designs. The wax is made-up of the mixture of Beeswax, paraffin and resin. The wax is then applied using a stamp or a Tjanting tool (wax stylist). The Tjanting tool is made with bamboo, a copper spout and a copper reservoir. The Tjanting tool is dipped in hot wax and the wax is applied to the designs drawn on materials. You can purchase an electric Tjanting tool today.

Once the waxed design is complete on the material, the material is then submerged in dye, then washed and hung to dry. For multiple colors the batik process is repeated for each color.

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