B: Batik

B is for Batik

From the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center, where these photos were taken in April of 2009:

“In contrast to weaving, batik requires fast work. Its use of molten wax and phase dying presented a new challenge requiring planning and an altogether different faculty. Those who learned this technique had to be quick of hand and eye. In batik, the cloth is dipped repeatedly into different dyes which range from clear to opaque. Elements of the design which are of the same colour are drawn in wax before dipping the cloth into the next dye. The versatility of batik allows one to make tablecloths, furnishing fabrics and wall pictures. “