If you see a lot of white floral art work on a contrasting dark background, either on the entire portion or sections of the saree, it could most probably be Batik printing.
A wave of fresh breeze, novel and catchy, Batik prints are eye-catching for their picturesque white designs on coloured canvas.
Batik on sarees came as a tried-out experiment that succeeded. An art from countries like Indonesia and
China, our traditional stylists have over a period evolved a unique style of their own.
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 the initial 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 wax-dye process could be repeated several times at the same place or done at different places for every subsequent colour change.
Batik can be done very easily with various types of dyes & wax on cotton, silk and other natural fabrics like jute and blends.
There is a sensational Batik prints range of handloom cotton sarees from Unnati Silks where the colours are vibrant, the prints awesome and the themes mind-blowing. In fact, cotton being easy to work with generally gives best results which the Batik Printed cotton handlooms on display so finely showcase.
The idea in multi-layer colouring is to start with lighter shades of the dye and proceed to deeper ones. There are whole lot of such multi-dyed, block printed Batiks at Unnati where care has been exercised at each step to ensure pure outcomes of fine light floral prints on good contrasting backgrounds. And what a refreshing lot too!
The rarer type of Batik is Pen Batik. Fine designs are made on the fabric using ‘Tjanting’ tools.
Unnati ‘s range of Pen Batik Salwar Kameez highlights the brilliant art on ethnic apparel. In modern floral designs and abstract art using the virtues of Batik through the special pen, these fabrics usher in a new freshness and appeal.
Pen Batik is a little more painstaking comparatively on account of fine detailing to be taken done by hand and molten wax to be poured a certain temperature carefully on the design lines with Batik dropper pen.
A lot of care is taken since too thin a layer could give way to colour dye to seep 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 and design filled Batik imprinted fabric is available.
It is magic over and over again, when the lot of devoted artisans and dedicated craftsmen experiment with colours and designs to bring out the best from the good.
That an eager market is always waiting for and is never disappointed!