Batik is the art of wax resist and dye. It can be done on fabric or paper. Batiks can be traced back to the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, and India. Batiks are usually created on cloth by applying wax to the material and then dyeing it. Cracks in the wax often occur as the batik is folded or pushed into dying tubs. The “crackling” effect occurs when the dye seeps into any cracked parts of the wax. When using the tub dye method, all colors need to stay in the same analogous or monochromatic color family in order to prevent colors from mixing incorrectly. Some of the batiks below were colorized in Photoshop to get the multi-colored effect. Others were created by using crayon batik, or by painting melted crayon onto fabric and ironing out the wax.
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