Batik Process

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Summer, Marimba Band in the Park Centennial Park, Saltspring IslandRohana is waxing (with 100% beeswax) all areas that have been dyed blue, preparing the batik for the next shade of blue dye-bath, using 100% cotton.

Previous to this stage, all areas that would not have a shade of blue in them, like white, yellow, beige, orange, red, pink, purple and grey, were waxed to resist the blue.

The tool being used is an Indonesian Janting tool, a copper bowl on a bamboo handle. The hot wax is in the deep fryer. Brushes of various sizes are also used to apply wax.


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Summer, Marimba Band in the Park Centennial Park, Saltspring IslandFour stages of blue have been waxed and dyed (using procion fibre reactive dyes).

The wax has been removed by boiling, so it can be re-used.


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Summer, Marimba Band in the Park Centennial Park, Saltspring IslandThe batik is ready for the yellow dye. Everything that wont have yellow, orange or red in it has been waxed. Orange and red will later go over the yellow without any problem.


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Summer, Marimba Band in the Park Centennial Park, Saltspring IslandThe yellow dye bath has been completed.


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Summer, Marimba Band in the Park Centennial Park, Saltspring IslandAll areas not to become orange or red (white, blue, green, yellow, pink, purple and beige) have been waxed and the batik dipped in orange. Then the orange and brown areas were waxed and the batik dipped in red to get the red and rust colours.

Hand painted washes of pink (over blue to get purple), beige and grey complete the colours. All wax was removed for the second time, the batik ironed, hemmed and rods attached to top and bottom. In this photo the final batik is hung outside on a clothesline, to see the fight from the sun shining through.

Once in a permanent location it can be stretched and framed like a painting on canvas, and even stretched on a light box to maximize the transparency.

BATIK IS MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN BACK LIT. The colours do not fade and the batik can be washed by hand in mild detergent (no bleach!) and ironed (cotton).