January 8, 2014
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Still handmade as the motif is stamped by hand although in this way one can now mass produce the designs.
Artisans in Solo created these art in copper blocks.
The copper block is dipped in hot wax and stamped into the fabric carefully. The sizes of the blocks vary like there’s a small rectangular one below for the border.
And this one’s a square block to cover large areas like the center of the round table cloth.
The above pattern in brownish wax will be the white area when the round table cloth is dyed in indigo.
January 7, 2014
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A hand painted batik motif (batik tulis) will take about three months to finish. Longer than those stamped ones (though still by hand).
Motifs are hand-drawn in white fabric.
Then, waxing those parts that will remain white or will be in different color using that pen like tiny tool with metal cup and spout for the wax.
At the center is the wax in copper container used by the craftswomen.
After dyeing in blue (dark blue/indigo), those white ones have remained white because the patterns were covered in wax. Wax was removed by means of boiling water.
Waxing those blue area that will remain blue and white area that will remain white when cloth is dyed in brown color (or in any other color). Blue and brown are natural dyes that came from plants and also the traditional colors of Javanese batik.
To remove all the wax, boiling water is used on the fabric. To remove some of the wax (for selective dyeing on various sections of the fabric), manual scraping is done by hand.
Waxing, dyeing, drying, scraping/boiling water, then repeat until desired color combination is accomplished. The end product is the beautiful batik fabric.