Kaftans and tops of women.

Batik Art Kaftans @ kaftansale.com

A huge amount of kaftans in kaftansale.com is made of batik art. These batik endeavours has been both an art and a craft for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there.

Contemporary batik, while owing much to the past, is markedly different from the more traditional and formal styles. For example, the artist may use etching, discharge dyeing, stencils, different tools for waxing and dyeing, wax recipes with different resist values and work with silk, cotton, wool, leather, paper or even wood and ceramics.Batik is historically the most expressive and subtle of the resist methods. The ever widening range of techniques available offers the artist the opportunity to explore a unique process in a flexible and exciting way on kaftans.

Melted wax is applied to kaftan cloth before being dipped in dye. It is common for people to use a mixture of bees wax and paraffin wax. The bee’s wax will hold to the fabric and the paraffin wax will allow cracking, which is a characteristic of batik. Wherever the wax has seeped through the fabric, the dye will not penetrate. Sometimes several colors are used for these kaftans, with a series of dyeing, drying and waxing steps.

Thin wax lines on the kaftans are made with a chanting (not chanting as in aeeeee, eiiiii, ouuuuuu made sounds) needle, a wooden handled tool with a tiny metal cup with a tiny spout, out of which the wax seeps. Other methods of applying the wax onto the fabric include pouring the liquid wax, painting the wax on with a brush, and applying the hot wax to precarved wooden or metal wire block and stamping the kaftans’ fabric. After the last dyeing, the fabric is hung up to dry. Then it is dipped in a solvent to dissolve the wax, or ironed between paper towels or newspapers to absorb the wax and reveal the deep rich colors and the fine crinkle lines that give batik its character.

The invention of the copper block or chap developed by the Javanese in the 20th century revolutionized batik production. It became possible to make high quality designs and intricate patterns much faster than one could possibly do by hand-painting.Batik used for clothing normally has an intricate pattern. The traditional ones carry natural colors while the contemporary ones have more variety of color. Some batik may be mystic-influenced, but very rarely used for clothing. Some may carry illustrations of animals and people.

Malaysian batik kaftans emphasizes the bright color arrangements more than the patterns.




2 Responses to "Batik Art Kaftans @ kaftansale.com"

Im 15 doing my GSCE’s and we are looking at Batik’s and i have to do research. I really like this one its a beautiful design and i love the colours. Im definatly using for my homework!

Well done Claire!

I hope you have fun with batik. It’s extraordinary stuff and truly beautiful if you know how to play with the colours. Keep in touch!

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