Making Batiks: The Wax Process

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Everywhere I look in our factory in Indonesia there is color. It's a real treat to watch the process as fabrics transform from solid white to beautiful batiks. Each fabric comes alive through layering of color and design.

There are so many steps to the process and every step is done by hand until the final commercial washing and finishing steps. I want to share a few photos with you about the process.

Let's follow Fern Leaf, from Color Source 3 , one of our newest Artisan Batik collections.

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First the fabric is white fabric is smocked, then laid out to by dyed. Four different colors are used to create the Ecru color. Workers apply the dyes by hand, using sponges

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Wax is applied to the dry ecru fabric in the fern design, using caps (pronounced chops). The designs are carefully laid out to disguise the repeat.

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This close-up lets you see the varied shades dyed into the fabric and the dried wax fern designs.

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The fabric is then dyed, the wax removed and the fabric allowed to dry in the sun.

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Wax protecting the base color after discharge process.

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Alternate Color Way which shows target colors and color swatches for base color and final result on fabric behind. The base colors become the motif after stamping with wax and discharge process.

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Alternate Color Way which shows target colors and color swatches for base color and final result on fabric behind. The base colors become the motif after stamping with wax and discharge process.

We are constantly rebuilding and improving all facilities as we produce batiks so that Artisan Batiks can be made in a responsible way for the environment and our employees.

With our customized facilities we can now control a process that has an infinite number of variables as well as possible. We're working to insert many strategic quality control check points to eliminate errors.

We are proud of our batiks and the wonderful work that the artists produce.

This fall you can find dozens of new Artisan Batiks fabrics produced by hand in our Indonesian factory.