March 12, 2010

Easy Batik Making

Did you know that Batik or the wax-resist dyeing technique in fabric is an ancient art form?
Here's an information I got from Wikipedia.
Discoveries show it already existed in Egypt in the 4th century BCE, where it was used to wrap mummies; linen was soaked in wax, and scratched using a sharp tool. In Asia, the technique was practiced in China during the T'ang dynasty (618-907 CE), and in India and Japan during the Nara period (645-794 CE). In Africa it was originally practiced by the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria, Soninke and Wolof in Senegal.

In Java, Indonesia, batik predates written records. GP. Rouffaer argues that the technique might have been introduced during the 6th or 7th century from India or Sri Lanka. On the other hand, JLA. Brandes (a Dutch archeologist) and F.A. Sutjipto (an Indonesian archeologist) believe Indonesian batik is a native tradition, regions such as Toraja, Flores, Halmahera, and Papua which were not directly influenced by Hinduism have an old age tradition of batik making.

Batik Making, though sounds like an old people's kind of art , is actually easy and can be done by young children. Here's what we did this week.

I will be posting a step by step tutorial soon.

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1 comment:

  1. This is interesting.
    We hope we can try it in our own art class!
    Mary and Grace


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