-A process that dates back nearly 2000 years, originally from Java, later Indonesia, and China as early as 500AD. It wasn't until the17th century when the Dutch began trading with Colonized Java that batik fabrics started showing up in Europe and much much later America. It started as a means of decorating fabrics worn as sarongs for religious purposes. The Chinese worked mainly on silk and the Indonesians worked with cotton.
It wasn't until the 1960's and 70's that it became more popular as an art form besides only creating decorative fabrics. It was a traditional textile method, eventually over taken by silk screening because designs could be produced and reproduced much faster.
Here is an example of a work in progress, working light to dark. It is really fun seeing how the colors react and change throughout the whole project. One of may favorite aspects. I love it! It is a time consuming process, but with great results. I first learned batik at Texas Tech from Betty Street. There are also several books available on batik and dyeing...Try it. It's a lot of fun.