When given the chance to pop into a little Batik shop on holiday I couldn’t resist! They had a little tour of the process set up where they explained the stages and displayed some examples.
They explained there are a certain number of designs they use which they draw out in wax, covering all areas, on both sides, that they want to stay white. The first dying process then takes place before adding another layer of wax to the design to protect the areas thay want to keep in the first tone. This is repeated until design is complete.
These young ladies were sat around the pot of melted wax, dipping in the nib to draw with, before the fabric moved on to these troughs for the colour to be added & fixed.
It was amazing to see how thick the wax becomes from all the different layers. The fabric was solid looking until it was placed in the hot water to remove.
I loved seeing how the process is traditionally carried out & of course I had todo just a little shopping. Unfortunately this shop didn’t sell any lengths of fabric, only ready made items & small panels. Having seen the elephants on safari the day before ( which was amazing & im sure I’ll tell you more about that on another post) i just had to pick one as a memory😃
I think this will become the centre panel for a cushion unless anyone has any interesting suggestions…
It’s been a while since I’ve managed to blog & this is just a quick update as to what I’ve been doing before I go off on a much needed holiday to relax.
If you have read any previous posts you will know that I have been sewing for my daughters wedding. It was a bit hectic during the final couple of months as sadly my father was ill & past away so sewing was put on the back burner. With long days off & late nights we got there in the end with a couple days to spare…. which were then fill with flower arranging, table decorating & finally loading everything in the car to transport.
Here are just a few pics of my makes: the wedding dress, veil, hair vine, ties, flower girls dress & of course my mother of the bride dress! I’ll be doing separate blog posts for them when I get back. 😃
Hopefully I will find a pic where my little grand daughter actually faced the camera!
Mr B scrubbed up ok as well!!