Do you love color? Then check out these tutorials featuring batik, a traditional Eastern fabric technique which uses wax-resist dyeing. Batik is now popular all over the world.
She also has another design tutorial for a batik boudoir box to hold your jewelry or other treasures. It's so cheerfully colorful and sure to bring a smile whenever you see it.
Many countries use the wax-resist dyeing method. However, the best known batik making tradition is from Indonesia and Malaysia in South East Asia. Apparently, batik making there predates written records. The basic procedure involves making patterns with molten wax which can be applied with large metal stamping blocks or dribbled from a small tool called a tjanting or canting. This tool has a small spout at the bottom of the handled receptacle (see second picture below). The waxed areas resist dyes.
Today, batik designs have become more contemporary. However the photo below shows traditional batik worn by Indonesian dancers performing the Sacred Royal Dance of Bedhoyo Ketawang.
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