These pictures are by Marty Britt taken during a Batik Lovers Tour from Deb Roberts’ World of Quilts Travel company.
Carol and Marty were 2 of 24 lucky people to experience a delightful 10 day tour.
The first full day of our tour we visited a Batik Factory in Tohpati. There was a fantastic display that showed the hand drawn batik process step by step. The proprietor was very friendly and proud of their Balinese traditions.
The design is drawn on the fabric by the batik artist.
The design is hand drawn with a tjanting (chanting) with hot wax.
The tjantings are at the right front on the picture. They come in different size openings so the wax can draw different size lines. The reservoir is for hot wax and is copper. The upper left of the picture shows a stove for heating wax.
The picture above also shows a tjap (chop) that is copper wires mounted on either wood or metal. It is dipped in wax and then stamped onto the cloth. I will show this process in a future post.
More wax is added with a brush to mask other areas of the cloth before the first color dye.
The fabric is dyed blue. The brown area is wax and that area will stay white at this point.
Wax is removed and only the blue dyed areas are colored. These areas had no wax during the first dyeing.
A second coat of wax is used to mask areas for the next color. Some of the areas waxed are white and some are blue. More detail is added with the tjanting at this time.
A second color dye of red is added.
This shows the piece after the red dye and after removing the wax. Two shades of red are produced by over-dyeing areas that were blue. They create that darker red.
More wax detail is added including background designs in the white area. Notice the fine lines in the white area around the edge of the design. Areas that should stay the color as is are waxed to prevent the addition of the new color.
The last dye is added which is tan or "blonde".
Final batik with all wax removed. Notice the shadings of color and fine design.
The artists must understand the layering of colors as they cover and uncover sections of the design. The entire process is amazing in intricacy and forethought.
I am now going to treat myself to a few hours of cutting batik while thinking of these incredible artists and what they do for us. I hope to honor their work with my own by turning these beautiful batiks into quilt designs.