This beautiful example of batik is extraordinary in its level of detail. Layers of indigo dye have been worked into the piece through many dips in the vat, each time using less wax to create a greater depth of colour.
What is Batik?
Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.
To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing, the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.
- Fabric handmade in Indonesia, cushion handmade in Bath, England.
- Backed in white cotton
- Cover only - 50cm square