Bali Trip: Crafty Wednesday
The first full day of our tour took us to a Batik factory on Tophati. It was our first exposure to just how labor intensive making these beautiful fabrics is. The process starts with hot wax applied to fabric. The fabric is then dyed, and the original bits of fabric under the wax remain the original colour. The factory we went to specialised in traditional batiks, which were typically only done in 2 or 3 colours.
The women there were working on large pieces of art, but took some time to put intricate designs on some of our clothing. They used a little blotter to dot the wax into a pattern, and then we could take the piece home and dye it if we chose to. If not, the wax would come out in the wash.
There were also a couple workers stamping fabric in the modern batik style. The stamp is called a tjap (pronounced chop) and is made from copper to with stand the hot wax and many uses. Then they'd take the fabric piece and dye it, then set the dye.
The factory had a shop selling some of the more traditional hand made pieces. I loved them all and probably would have bought one had it not been for the pesky shop helper following me around trying to make me a deal.
|The same pattern shown with different dye orders and colours|
|My mom getting a pattern drawn on her sleeve|
|Stamping with a frog tjap|
|Workers at the silver factory|
|Romeo and Juliet wood carvings|
|Some of the Balinese dances|