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Batik Fabrics Used

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Batik can be applied to almost any fabric but there are some which are more suitable than others. Traditionally the fabrics used reflected you status in society, usually everyday people used cotton or mudcloth where as royalty would use the fine silk batiks. Each variety of fabric gives a slightly different end result, and the fabric you use is really down to personal preference. It also depends on what the end use of the batik will be. Silk is my personal favourite, it absorbs the wax well and the dye travels along the fibres easily, it also lends itself to the salt, water and cracking effects well.

 Batik Fabrics Used

Cotton is a slightly denser fabric, it also absorbs the wax well, and because of its dense fibres the dyes are bright and vibrant. Only recently I have produced a batik on rayon, I was pleasantly surprised by the results. It very easy to use and produces vibrant colours and allows you to mix the colours on the fabric as the fibres are man made and do not absorb the dye as fast.