Bali Trip: The Before and After
The following day we went to a Batik factory to make our own batiks. Our giant bus stopped in the middle of a busy street and we jumped off and boarded to smaller buses. They took us down a bumpy dirt road to an area with a bunch of shacks and a couple large fiends of grass.
|Some Balinese cows on our walk to the factory|
The first field we passed had several rolls of fabric laid out to dry. Some of it was spread out and some of it was bunched up. The bunched up stuff had salt sprinkled on it to bleach some spots with the sun.
|Fabrics laying in the field|
|Fabric bunched up and sprinkled with salt|
At the huts, we were each given two pieces of white fabric and told to choose a tjap. The traps were hanging all over the rafters, there were hundreds to pick from.
|Some of the many traps|
|Lynn stamping her fabric|
The workers had us spread out the fabric and then they dipped the tjap into the vat of bubbling hot wax. They shook the excess wax off, and then helped us line up the stamp. We used the stamp twice before dipping in the wax again and filled up the rest of the fabric the same way.
|My mom stamping her fabric|
|My stamped pieces of fabric|
|Dyed fabric drying|
|More fabric drying in the fields|
|Shelves full of pretty, and cheap! fabric|
|A pretty shop full of fabric|
|Some carry their fabric in bags, some carry their goods on their head...|