CRAFTS OF INDIA / BATIK / RAW MATERIAL
ii) Paraffin wax is used in the process.
iii) Dyes -Napthol, Direct and Vat dyes are all used in the dyeing process
iv) Firewood and kerosene for heating the wax
i) Wooden blocks for printing
ii) Vessel to heat wax in
iii) Plastic bucket or big bowls to mix colors
iv) A frame/ table to fix the cloth (table has sand on it so the wax does not spread)
v) Brushes for making free-hand designs. These brushes can be used only for waxing.
Cotton cloth for wax printing and dyeing is bought from the south (Tamil Nadu). Paraffin wax is bought from Rajkot-Gujarat and Mumbai. Dyes are available in Jamnagar, Anjar--Gujarat and Mumbai.
Vat dyes have more color fastness but have a limited color range. They are the most expensive of the lot. Napthol dyes are used more for dark base colors like maroon and blue. Direct dyes are used more for over dyeing after the pattern and the other colors have been done.
All other sundry raw material required for batik is easily available though it is difficult to find some of the old block designs that were used earlier for printing.
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