Batik painting in process
The Balinese are a friendly and remarkably artistic people. They have created a dynamic society with unique arts and ceremonies, making Bali an island almost unreal in today's hectic and changing world. Their Hindu religion is a daily celebration of the land, the gods and the people. Every part of their life is full of art and expert craftsmanship, including their clothes, buildings, temples and shops.
In our small family shops, there is a lot of friendly social interaction as the whole family gathers to work together on the batiks.
Our batiks are designed by Amara Wahaba Karuna and custom hand painted with very bright permanent dyes. We know all our artists personally and they work in small family-run shops.
Making Handpainted Bali Batiks - Photos by Solomon 2000
1 - Pencil sketching on the fabric
2 - Outlining the image with hot wax
3 - Fabric is stretched for painting
4 - Bright dyes are applied with swabs
After the dye has been applied and dried in the sun, the fabric is dipped in a fixative, and then boiled to get off the wax. this leaves white lines where the wax was, outlining each motif.
Our small flags are created using a different process which allows for more consistent lines in the motifs. First the design is silkscreed onto cotton fabric, and then each one is handpainted with washable fabric paints.