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Hand Drawn Batik Step by Step

These pictures are by Marty Britt taken during a Batik Lovers Tour from Deb Roberts’ World of Quilts Travel company.

Carol and Marty were 2 of 24 lucky people to experience a delightful 10 day tour.

The first full day of our tour we visited a Batik Factory in Tohpati.  There was a fantastic display that showed the hand drawn batik process step by step.  The proprietor was very friendly and proud of their Balinese traditions.

The design is drawn on the fabric by the batik artist.

The design is hand drawn with a tjanting (chanting) with hot wax.

The tjantings are at the right front on the picture. They come in different size openings so the wax can draw different size lines. The reservoir is for hot wax and is copper. The upper left of the picture shows a stove for heating wax.

The picture above also shows a tjap (chop) that is copper wires mounted on either wood or metal.  It is dipped in wax and then stamped onto the cloth.  I will show this process in a future post.

More wax is added with a brush to mask other areas of the cloth before the first color dye.

The fabric is dyed blue. The brown area is wax and that area will stay white at this point.

Wax is removed and only the blue dyed areas are colored. These areas had no wax during the first dyeing.

A second coat of wax is used to mask areas for the next color. Some of the areas waxed are white and some are blue. More detail is added with the tjanting at this time.

A second color dye of red is added.

This shows the piece after the red dye and after removing the wax. Two shades of red are produced by over-dyeing areas that were blue. They create that darker red.

More wax detail is added including background designs in the white area. Notice the fine lines in the white area around the edge of the design. Areas that should stay the color as is are waxed to prevent the addition of the new color.

The last dye is added which is tan or "blonde".

Final batik with all wax removed. Notice the shadings of color and fine design.

The artists must understand the layering of colors as they cover and uncover sections of the design.  The entire process is amazing in intricacy and forethought.

I am now going to treat myself to a few hours of cutting batik while thinking of these incredible artists and what they do for us.  I hope to honor their work with my own by turning these beautiful batiks into quilt designs.

Carol Britt


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Hand Drawn Batik

Marty and Carol Britt tour a Batik Lovers Tour of Bali with Deb Roberts’ World of Quilt Travel.  It was fabulous.

For our first full day in Bali, we left the hotel for a Batik Factory in Tohpati to see hand drawn batik.

There was an incredible shop with the highest quality products to purchase and I could have left every penny I brought in those few rooms.

Many future Christmas presents were purchased there.

The demonstration area was outside with a roof and some electricity. There the artist drew the designs on fabric.

Then the ladies used a tjanting (chanting) to apply wax along the design lines.

The brown colors on the fabric are wax.

Dye does not penetrate the wax.

So the tjanting is used to add design lines and cover lines that are already dyed to suit the designer.

Tote bags were decorated with a wax design for each of us at this factory.

Our guide Supy negotiated to have the bags dyed for those who wished.

The dyed bags were delivered later in our journey.

My next post will be step by step pictures of the hand drawn batik process.

All photos are by Marty Britt, Wytheville, VA.

Commentary by Carol Britt, Wytheville, VA.


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Batik Lovers Tour Day One

Here is an empty Hong Kong airport around 5:30am on our first full day.  It was so empty and most of the restaurants were closed.  Lots of interesting restaurants and of course a McDonalds.

This one had the most interesting metal work decoration around it.  It wasn’t open either.  So what to do for 4.5 hours?  Why check your email, of course!

We met 17 of our group at the Hong Kong airport.  Others would join us in Bali at the hotel from the west coast and Australia.

Soon it was time to get on board for our last part of our trip.  Excitement level was rising even if we were exhausted already!

The flight from Hong Kong to Denpasar was just 4 hours and we could see Borneo and other islands on the way.

We arrived at our beautiful hotel, freshened up somewhat and donned our sarongs for dinner.  We were treated to a traditional gamelan music group and dance group.  The dancing was beautiful and the fabrics they wore made me itch to jump on stage to see it closer.  It was very beautiful.  We happily collapsed into bed dreaming of palm trees and music.


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Trip to Bali Day One

Marty and Carol in our sarongs for the opening welcome dinner in Sanur Beach Bali.  We are having an astonishing time.  Bali looks just like the pictures I’ve seen in books and online.

Deb Roberts of World of Quilts Travel gave each person a welcoming gift of a sarong.  We wore them to dinner and for a dance performance.  Amazing.  More photos to follow.

I’m having trouble working out the photo downloads and photo sizes but will post more asap.