|Purchased in Indonesia, I wore this sarong |
quite a bit--now it's part of a bedspread!
Wax is then painted on (or stamped, or even printed, as in the top example), and everything covered in wax stays white, while the artist dyes the next color. For the two color items, it seems fairly easy...but what about the multi-color fabric? Thinking in reverse is not one of my strong suits. Nor is planning!
These two examples, one hand-drawn, one stamped or printed, are great examples of traditional indigo batik.
|Dutch wax-resist, purchased in Muscat. Also|
part of the same bedspread.
Here's a longer (17 minute) video, from Moda Batiks in Indonesia, which does a nice job of demonstrating tie-dye techniques, using a copper stamp, sprinkling salt on the fabric to set the dye, etc.
The "salt effect" mentioned at 9:45 is, I believe, a difference between soaking the fabric in salty water vs. sprinkling salt. Soaking the fabric would set all color, whereas the sprinkling/salt effect, along with the sun, means that only part of the color is set, while the sun bleaches out the fabric that didn't get the salt sprinkling. I hope that makes sense!
The planning (or ability to think in reverse) is what fascinates me...I'm sure it's easier the more you do it, but I find so often in my sewing that my reverse-thinking needs work!