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Batik: a method of dyeing cloth which involves the use of removable wax to repel the dye on parts of the design, where dye is not desired.Batik originated in indonesia.

"The word batik is Javanese, and has been loosely translated as "good points or dots," referring to the tiny dots in Indonesian patterns that give them a lively quality and that show a mastery of technique.*

"A standard definition of the medium of batik is that it is a way of coloring fabric with successive dyebaths, producing a design by using wax to resist dyes.*

"Each design is hand-drawn with melted wax using a tjanting tool.

"A tjanting has a small brass bowl at the end of a handle; a tiny spout allows the melted wax to run onto the fabric.*"

Go HERE for all batiks on this site.

One "employs beeswax as a resist and begins with the lightest colors continuing through the darkest colors.*"

Instead of cloth, I use heavy-duty cold-pressed Arches watercolor paper; and an iron to melt out the wax instead of boiling, chemicals or caustic sodas. I use a tjanting tool to draw the design, then color dyes painted into the waxed areas.

Layer by layer, the color is built up to acheive as brilliant an image as I can attain. I did a series of Hawaiian Legends - the photos of which I will one day dredge up from under all my files; but in the meantime, here are a couple to whet your whistle.

I started doing batiks in the early 1980's in a stage between the time I stopped making pots and the start of my sculpture era.

(*excerpts taken from the article written with information from excellent batik-on-cloth artists Cathy Haight, Bambang Otoro and Dorothy "Bunny" Bowen in the Online Collector's Guide)


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