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Batik is a resist surface design technique. Hot wax is applied to the fabric, which penetrates the fibers and blocks the colored dye from the front and the back. My fabrics are printed with special copper batik stamps.

All of the batiks in my shop are hand printed, painted or drawn, dyed, boiled, laundered and pressed by me. My dyes are created in small batch dyes, from rainwater I collect from my shop roof. I use more time in the dyeing and soaking, so that I can reduce the amount of dye powders, salts and ash necessary to create vibrant colors. I boil my fabrics to remove the wax, so that your fabric has a soft hand and is fairly absorbent right from the beginning, but also because this allows me to reuse my wax for many years. The long process a fabric must go through in this technique means that custom orders, even of very small pieces, can take weeks to complete…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 4
  • Joined August 23, 2006

Favorite materials

linen, cotton, silk, wax, dye, coffee

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About

Batik is a resist surface design technique. Hot wax is applied to the fabric, which penetrates the fibers and blocks the colored dye from the front and the back. My fabrics are printed with special copper batik stamps.

All of the batiks in my shop are hand printed, painted or drawn, dyed, boiled, laundered and pressed by me. My dyes are created in small batch dyes, from rainwater I collect from my shop roof. I use more time in the dyeing and soaking, so that I can reduce the amount of dye powders, salts and ash necessary to create vibrant colors. I boil my fabrics to remove the wax, so that your fabric has a soft hand and is fairly absorbent right from the beginning, but also because this allows me to reuse my wax for many years. The long process a fabric must go through in this technique means that custom orders, even of very small pieces, can take weeks to complete.

During dyeing, the melted wax cracks in places, giving the batiked fabric its characteristic veiny lines and textures. Even after boiling and washing the fabric, the fibers will remain stiff from the wax for a while. The more you wash the fabric, the softer and more absorbent it will become.

All of my products are made out of 100% natural fibers of some sort, because only those fibers will accept a the types of dyes that I use. Custom orders are welcome!

The functional work I sell here is just part of what I do. If you'd like to see examples of prints, drawings, installations and other projects I'm doing, you can check out my website and my flickr page:

margotbmyers.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/margot_b_myers/

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