An Introduction to Batik

Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole cloth which originated from the island of Java. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

Batik is an ancient art form that has been practiced in Indonesia for centuries. It is a highly skilled craft that requires patience and creativity. Batik is used to create a wide variety of textiles, including clothing, home décor, and accessories. It is also used in traditional ceremonies and festivals.

Batik is not only a beautiful art form, but it is also a significant part of Indonesian culture. It is a symbol of national identity and pride. In 2009, UNESCO designated batik as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Join Artist Dot Rogers over two workshops and you will create and dye your own fabric design with expert tuition.

Session details:

Wednesday 15 November: 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 22 November: 11am – 3pm.

In The Atkinson’s Learning Rooms.

£5 for two sessions including materials. Ticket price covers both sessions.

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