Batik on Textiles of Gujarat

Batik is a Javanese work which means wax painting. Batik craft came from the Coromandel Coast to South East Asia and revived in Shantiniketan, near Calcutta, and has now gone all over the country and is practiced every where. Wax is used as a resist on the parts of the fabric which are dyed different from the base color which is usually dyed in a dark color. Batik fabric is washed in boiling water so as to remove the wax from batik fabric and then it is again washed with soap after all the colors have been absorbed. The color seeps through the cracks in the irregular network of the breaking wax-coat. The removal of the wax and the irregular network forms a unique design to give the fabric a beautiful appearance.