Tuesday, February 9, 2010

• Batik Cap (stamp) •

Another way to speed up the process of applying the wax is by using a cap or copper stamp. This is still considered traditional although it was only introduced in the 1800s when the demand for batik was growing rapidly.

You dip the stamp into hot wax and then stamp it onto the cloth repeatedly to create a motif. The use of the cap allows traditional motifs to be produced much faster than the canting technique.

As we can see in the picture here, if the stamps are not lined up then the motif is interupted. Batik cap (stamp) are made using both chemical and or natural dyes. Printed "batik" is now produced industrially but the motif only appears on one side of the cloth (because it has been printed).

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