A lot of designer batik art work on a contrastingly dark background, either on the entire portion or sections of the shalwar kamiz, makes it Batik printing. A wave of fresh breeze, novel and catchy, Batik prints are eye-catching for their picturesque white designs on coloured canvas. Batik on salwar kamiz as an experiment has succeeded through inputs from countries like Indonesia and China. However our traditional stylists have over a period evolved a unique style of their own.
The Process of Batik
Using ‘resists’ for making designs on a fabric, the conventional Batik process has a resist or a physical block in some form or the other to prevent desired areas on the fabric from being penetrated by the initial dye. Generally wax is used as a resist in Batik. The block printed areas where resists are in place, come out as un-dyed areas in the dyed fabric and could be coloured differently in repeat wax dye process. This wax-dye process could be repeated several times for every subsequent colour change. Batik can be done very easily with various types of dyes & wax on cotton, silk and other natural fabrics like jute and blends.
The rarer ‘Pen Batik’
The rarer type of Batik is Pen Batik. Fine designs are made on the fabric using ‘Tjanting’ tools. Pen Batik is a little more painstaking comparatively on account of fine detailing to be taken done by hand and molten wax to be poured a certain temperature carefully on the design lines with Batik dropper pen.
A lot of care is taken for too thin a layer could give way to colour dye to seep through surface cracks. Temperature of the wax is normally kept between 200 and 230 degrees. Vats or tubs with boiling water are used to melt away the wax in the case of Batk printed salwar kameez. For Pen Batik fabrics a small tub with hot water is generally preferred. After the entire resist dyeing process is over, and the wax has melted away in hot water, a neatly dyed and design filled Batik imprinted fabric is available.
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