during our stay in bali over spring break, we met a local artisan that collects antique batik and upcycles the fabric into clothes, bags, and other textile goods. she also creates her own batik and is incredibly talented.
we visited bali 5 years ago and took a wonderful batik making class with an artist in the city of ubud, the art district of bali. his class was great and we created vibrant pieces of our own artwork. the class though, was rather expensive. this time i wanted the entire family to experience batik making and we took a private class from this artist.
batik is a wax-resistant dyeing method where you use these bamboo pens outfitted with metal ink wells at the tip. you dip the tip into hot wax and carefully draw your design on the fabric, clean white cotton muslin is what we used. you need to dip the pen periodically to keep the well full of hot wax.
once your design is fully drawn out, you dye your fabric. you can do one color or multiple colors. once the fabric is dyed and dried, you wash the fabric in hot water to release the wax, resulting in an incredible piece of custom art fabric.
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