Batik is a textile decoration technique which allows colourful and intricate cloths to be created using wax and dye.

The Batik Guild descibes the process as:
Selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.

The Batik Guild publish a book called 'BATIK TRANSITIONS From classic to contemporary' which was accompany the 2006 exhibition has good illustrations and inforamtion about Batik. We have a copy in class, ask if you would like to see it.

The Batik Guild consists of over 200 members who teach and practise the art of batik. Their website has some interesting pages about the history of batik and some images of work made by their members.
Reflections by Angela Lenman

Wikipedia has an extensive description and history of batik
The Newcastle Arts Centre Guide produce a handout explaining the proces of batik

This link will take you to handout that we used in class.

Jane Dower demonstrates the controversial Batik process of isolating pools of
fabric with wax and applying dye directly within these pool.

This colourful example of Batik was found on a blog called Craft. COLOURFUL_BATIK_SAMPLE.jpg