Batik is a process using ‘resists’ for making designs on a fabric. The conventional Batik process has a resist or a physical block in some form or the other to prevent desired areas on the fabric from being penetrated by dye. Generally wax is used as a resist in Batik. The block printed areas where resists are in place, come out as un-dyed areas in the dyed fabric and could be coloured differently in repeat wax dye process. This can be repeated several times at the same place or different places with wax-dye process time and again for every subsequent colour change.
Batik can be done with various types of dye & wax on cotton, silk and other natural fabrics. Cotton is easy to work with and generally gives best results. Repeated waxing and dyeing over the same place gets newer overlapping results. The idea in multi-layer colouring is to start with lighter shades of the dye and proceed to deeper ones. Here care is taken that wax resist is neither light nor heavy since lighter would mean possible penetration of dye onto resist area and heavy would mean the wax will not resist properly and could cause patches or dye spreads when removed.
The rarer type of Batik is Pen Batik. Fine designs are made on the fabric using ‘Tjanting’ tools. Molten wax at a certain temperature is carefully put on the design lines with Batik dropper pen. A lot of care has to be exercised. Too thin a layer could give way to colour dye through surface cracks. Temperature of the wax is normally kept between 200 and 230 degrees. In the former or conventional method vats or tubs with boiling water are used to melt away the wax. In the latter a small tub with hot water is generally preferred. After the entire resist dyeing process is over, and the wax has melted away in hot water, a neatly dyed plain or designed fabric is available.
Unnatisilks has a collection of Pen Batik salwar kameez. Pen Batik comes out very well on handloom cottons. Unnati has a fine range of bright coloured and vibrant hued shalwar kamiz. Prints are mostly floral designs and there are some in which the motifs have flower patterns. Colours range from the medium pastel coloured to the vibrant and eye-catching.
There is striking batik on pure cotton cambric Punjabi suits with exquisite chunni having tribal dancing women in bright and vibrant colours. It is a nice piece for occasions like parties and social visits.
You have the green batik, pure cotton cambric Punjabi suits with chunni having beautiful floral design in multi-colour batik. Painting in tribal art with deep contrasts set off fine colourful patterns that are in between abstract art and line sketches. The colour combinations chosen are vibrant. The detailing is vivid and striking. It is very apt for corporate functions, and social gatherings.
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