This week we are learning the traditional art from Indonesia called batik. is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
Today we started by drawing our own pictures on cloth. We used glue instead of wax - we will see how it turns out! The next step will be painting and than soaking the cloth in a bath to remove the glue.
We will keep you updated as our work progresses!