The 8 Steps of Hand-Block Batik Making

Applying the wax with a metal stamp (Camera Sony Alpha NEX-7) – Yes, Travel Junkie Indonesia love Batik. The word ‘batik’ is an old Javanese word meaning ‘to dot’.

From the mid-19th century, batik production was increased by applying the wax with a metal stamp called a cap.

The cap technique can usually be identified by the repetition of identical patterns, whereas in batik tulis, even repeated geometric motifs vary. Some batik combine the two techniques with batik tulis used for fine detail. It’s worth noting that batik cap is true batik; don’t confuse it with screen-printed cloth which completely bypasses the waxing process and is often passed off as batik.

So, here are 8 Steps of Hand-Block Batik Making:

1. Bordering with special block/cap for brim by wax on both sides.

2. Base waxing by block/cap on sides, complete small dotting.

3. Partly reblocking by wax on both sides to get – thicker, remain white until finish.

4. Base colour dyeing.

5. Partly scrapping the wax off on both sides, for the following colour.

6. Covering the base colour and small dots; unmixed with the following colour.

7. Following colour dyeing, the last one.

8. Boilling to remove all the wax and finish.

A big thank you to Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy,, and the others for the excellent International Travel Bloggers #Travel2Indonesia.

So, free to comment and add some of your steps when hand-block Batik Making in Indonesia.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for the post! I am still perfecting my batik stamp technique and it’s nice to read other folks take on the process. I’m getting better, but many of my pieces still end up as big wax blobs!

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