Batik Culture (Part 3 of 3): Batik Making

Like all Batiks that go through wax-dye-boil method, Batik painters expertly handle the ‘cap’ and ‘canting’, indubitably enchant art lovers with their exclusive artistic interpretations through wax-resist method that usually captivates viewers with splashes of vibrant colours. Not just skills and imagination, time and patience are essential too. Our artisans constantly update our collections with fresh new ideas to keep up with the metropolitan’s fast-paced lifestyle needs.

Techniques may vary depending on artists, but the main steps are as follows:

Samples of basic tools needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Get the appropriate tools like canting, cap, wax, dyes, and brushes ready. Most importantly, get a plain white cloth of your desired length. The cloth can be cotton or silk.

 

Plain white and dyed cloths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  For a coloured background, the entire cloth is dipped in a dye tub. The longer it is soaked, the darker the color will be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   Hand-draw or trace the design using a pencil on the cloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   By using canting, apply the hot wax on the pencil-drawn outlines. Hot wax is also used to cover the unwanted parts to be painted/dyed next. The canting comes in different spout sizes. You may choose according to your designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.   For a more variable design, hand-stamp certain area of the cloth with cap (copper stamp) that was first dipped in hot wax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.   Using a brush, paint the desired parts of the designs with natural or artificial colorings. You will see that the wax will resist the paint from penetrating the wax-covered areas.

7.  Usually, for a more complicated design, the canting-dyeing method is repeated to produce more intricate effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.   When all is done, colour fixer is used as a finishing so that the fabric can retain the dye.

9.  Next, gently rinse and wash the cloth in lukewarm water with Synthrapol to get rid of access loose dye molecules that have not been bonded to the fabric.

10. Boil the cloth in a pot of hot water to remove the wax.

11. Dry the cloth.

12. Iron the fabric and the artwork is ready to be mounted.

 

 

 

 

 




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