Monday, August 27, 2012

Beautiful Batik: What It Is & How It's Made

I like to blog about things that interest me, inspire me, and fascinate me. 
Batik does all three! 

There are so many interesting things about batik; 
the colors and contrast, the technique, the almost magical 
finished design that has a beautiful, natural quality that is imperfect. 
I love all of it. 

What exactly is batik? 

Batik is created on cloth using a wax-resist process. It is a traditional Indonesian art that is also found in many other cultures. Hot beeswax mixed with paraffin (the resist) is applied to the cloth in a design. Then the cloth is dipped into a dye. All of the areas on the cloth that are covered with wax do not absorb the dye and remain their original color. The wax prevents the fabric from absorbing the dye.  Once the cloth is dry, more wax is applied, and then the material is dyed again, usually in a darker color, and so on and so forth, until the desired design is completed. Once finished, the wax is removed completely from the cloth by melting. The batik technique is very similar to the technique used to make pysanka, or Ukrainian eggs. 

Traditional batik tools

Batik baby shark Onesie by pinkbunnybatiks via Etsy

Crafts you can do that are similar to batik:

What do you think?

If you like Batik, you might also want to check out my previous post on Pysanky:
How To Make Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs)

Please leave a comment below! 

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

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  1. That is incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love it

  2. Great post. I started collectingwood batik stamps years ago because they are so beautiful. Maybe one day I'll put them to use but for now they look great on display.

  3. This is so interesting and each is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Great post.

  4. Excellent post! I love batiks, and this was an exciting glimpse into how they are created. You selected some really nice work as examples to feature.

    1. Thanks for visiting! I always try to show a wide range of different styles/examples, and especially those with projects we can try at home.

  5. WoW! Never knew anything about this. Beautiful pictures! I am intrigued and will be re-visiting this page for a closer look. TY!

  6. I used batik fabric for quilting once. It's one of my favorite quilts that I've ever made. It looks so different than all the other ones I've made. I think I'll make some more and gift them as presents this year.
    Shelly Slader |

  7. I got to experiment with Batik at a summer camp many years ago. I love seeing all the fun/different techniques here! I can still remember the smell of the wax process!


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