Batik – The Fashiongton Post

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A hand technique that decorates various textiles (silk, cotton, wool, synthetic) by covering parts of the fabric with wax.

Special fixatives (paraffin, petrol, or water-based compositions, depending on the technique and fabric chosen) are used to obtain sharp boundaries at the paint joints. The fabric is dipped into the dye bath and only the non-waxed areas absorb the dye. The wax is then removed.


The technique was originally used in Indonesia and India, but became popular in Europe in the early 20th century.


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