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Batik Info

 

Do not pre-wash pre-cut batik fabric packs. Test batik fabric yardage for excess dye by cutting a small square. Place the square in a microwave safe glass bowl and cover with hot water. Zap for a few minutes in the microwave then let the water cool. If there is a lot of color in the water, you may want to wash the fabric separately and set the dye. Many quilters and sewers use Retayne in hot (140 degree) water and follow the instructions to set excess dye. Only one application of Retayne is necessary. Subsequent washings of the finished product should be in cool water. Batiks may have occasional small bits of wax left on the fabric as a result of the batik process, so please check and decide if you would like to pre-wash batik yardage before using. If you set excess dye using Retayne this will also remove any wax that may still be in the fabric.


Basic Stages to Create a Batik Fabric

  • The fabric is dyed with a base color and put onto a flat surface
  • The fabric is carefully crinkled
  • One or more base color combinations are applied on the fabric with the help of sponges
  • The fabric is dried in the sunshine
  • Soda is sprinkled on the fabric to get the "salt effect"
  • If a print is being used, the fabric is then covered with a wax resist using copper stamps on wooden blocks
  • The first color combination is removed from the fabric by dipping it into a solution
  • The fabric is made wet and put onto a flat surface
  • The fabric is carefully crinkled
  • One or more secondary color combinations are applied on the fabric with the help of sponges
  • Soda is sprinkled on the fabric to get the "salt effect"
  • The fabric is dried in the sunshine by hanging
  • The fabric is then set in water glass, a solution of sodium or potassium silicate, it solidifies on exposure to air and is used to make silica gel. Before the water glass is applied, the batik colors are water soluble. Water glass fixes all the colors.
  • The fabric is washed twice in separate water baths
  • The fabric is submerged in a boiling water bath to remove the wax resist
  • The fabric is washed with cool water and hung to dry

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