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How is Silk Used in Batik?

Silk is an ideal fabric for use with batik. It is naturally produced and is made from unwinding the cocoon of the Bombyx Mori moth chrysalis.

How is Silk Used in Batik?

Silk is one of the more expensive fabrics, this is due to the high level of manual labour required to produce it. Discovered first in China over 4500 years ago it took over 200 years for it to be smuggled west. It is now produced on a much wider scale but the biggest manufacturers are Japan, China and India.

Unlike cotton, silk is delicate and can be affected by sunlight, detergents, heat, bleach and perspiration. It is, however, affected by moths or mildew. It lends itself greatly to batik because it absorbs the wax well and, because it is a natural fabric, the dye travels well along the fibres. Different weights are available but it is usually only available in 45” widths.