Techniques

Making batik tulis in Tuban, Java

Making batik tulis in Tuban, Java
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Batik, unlike ikat, is not dyed until after the cloth is woven.Batik artists decorate plain, finished cloth with designs in molten wax, which resists color in the dye vats. Artists draw and re-draw their designs as they add colors to their work. They use stamps called cap or draw freehand with a tool called a canting, following regional and ancestral traditions and inventing fanciful new designs and styles.