The origin of Batik go back a little more than a thousand years. This printing technique is found in several communities in West Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In Africa, where batik was originally imported by Dutch merchants from Indonesia, which back then were called the Netherlands East Indies, they use a paste which is made from starch or mud, which works as a resist instead of wax used in Asia.
Batik is both an art and a craft. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using resists and dye, has been practiced for centuries.
To make batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax or other resists over them. The cloth is then dyed. The areas that are covered in wax resist the dye and remain their original color. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colorful designs. After the final dye, the wax is removed and the cloth is ready.
Batik Made in Africa soon available from MAP