Introduction to Traditional Indonesian Batik Making with designer Eliza Kesuma
Batik is an incredibly creative way to decorate cloth which is growing in popularity in the west. Batik is an ancient tradition in Java, indonesia and the name stems from a javanese word meaning 'to dot'. Designer Eliza Kesuma be your guide for this two-day course.
What is Batik?
Batik is a wax-resist dyeing technique that’s applied to the entire cloth. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the hot-wax/ resist with a spouted tool called canting (also known as batik tulis), or by printing theresist with a copper stamp called a cap. This allows the fabric to be selectively dyed/ coloured by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
About the course
Over this 2 day course you will designing your own batik patterns, Batik-tulis making: drawing your patterns onto the fabric using canting and hot wax. You will then dip dye and finishing process. Completing your own Batik designed Cotton tote bag.
Included in the course is Batik patterns template, Batik wax & canting, dyes required for use for the duration of the course and plain cotton fabric - 2 x approx. 50x50cm each (for samples and testing on 1st day), plain cotton tote bag x1 (as your final piece on 2nd day)
About Eliza Kesuma
Eliza Kesuma is a printed textiles designer and maker, specializing in meticulously crafted hand-printed wallpaper and fabrics and the founder of Moody Monday.
After graduating with a degree in Design for Textiles from Heriot-Watt University in 2006, Eliza undertook numerous freelance projects and work experience opportunities with notable design companies.
Eliza started the design studio and business in early 2011, after receiving her first wallpaper commission from a design-boutique in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. Following the widespread acclaim the work garnered through various exhibitions since, Moody Monday was established in 2014.
Eliza has taught textiles and screen-printing from her studio since 2016 and have incorporated the teaching of Batik techniques shortly after, to pass on and honour the knowledge she has of the rich and diverse Indonesian culture that is also part of her training and heritage.
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