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What is Batik?

Article 1 | What is Batik ? | A short Description of this Process

We sell Cotton Batik Kaftans - but what is Batik ?
" Batik is based on the principle that water and wax repel "

 

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.
 

Examples of batik can be traced back over 1,500 years to Egypt and the Middle East.
Samples have also been found from previous centuries in India, Japan, Turkey and China.


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.


The Batik Workshop



Batik Fabric Art-work from Thailand

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