Arusha Project

Batik Making
July 1, 2007, 7:37 am
Filed under: Abroad Program, Uncategorized

Thursday night, we had our first batik making class. Turns out, it’s a lengthy process with a lot of required skill. No matter how cool our batiks turned out, I don’t think any of us created what we had envisioned.
The process starts out with sketching a drawing on cotton cloth and applying a colored gradient with ink and water to set the background. Wax is applied to areas to preserve certain areas and create a design. Gradually more and more ink is applied to darken sections while the wax keeps areas light. In each stage, the fabric must be completely dried before proceeding. At the end, the wax is cracked and dark ink is rubbed into the fissures for a classic finish.



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