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Article 3 | We sell Cotton Batik Kaftans - but what is Batik ?

What is Batik ? - The Batik Process, which has been around for many hundreds of years is a unique and at the same time traditional method of applying colour-dye to porous surfaces, and most commonly to fabrics.

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The fact is that  the concept of batik produces some of the most beautiful art-work in the world.
However, the implementation of the batik art-form is not easy and usually involves a very labour-intensive and complex process involving multiple procedures with many hours of dedicated and hard work.

What is Batik ? - The First Step in Batik is to design a fabric pattern and have an idea of what you would like to create. Wax is then placed in specific areas on the fabric using a "Canting" tool.- wax acts like a barrier to the colour dyes and allows a colour to remain while the remaining non-waxed fabric absorbs the dye. The wax is then removed by soaking the fabric in hot water.
These processes of dyeing and waxing can be repeated to build elaborate and colourful designs and patterns as the same wax can be removed and re-applied several times.

What is Batik ? - Contemporary or Modern Batik Craft, whilst owing much to the past, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles.
For example, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics and the ever widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore this unique process in a flexible and exciting way.

What is Batik ? - In Thailand Batik Kaftans and Sarongs are designed to be used as wraps for casual beachwear. especially In the southern Thai island of Koh Samui, where batik is easily found in the form of resort uniforms, or decorations at many locations, and is also used by the local residents as casual wear in the forms of sarongs or shirts and blouses.
It is the most common, and symbolic product for those visiting Koh Samui Island.
The Batik of Koh Samui mostly shows the beauty and attractions of the paradise island and its culture, such as the coconut shells, the beaches, palm trees, the island's tropical flowers, fishing boats and its rich water life and environment.
Friday September 30 2011